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Welcome Letter from Professor Frank Y. Liu, Director of The Center for Legal information


Dear First-Year Law Student,

Welcome to the Duquesne University School of Law, Center for Legal Information (DCLI). DCLI's commitment to supporting your legal education includes the following capacities:

A Gateway to Legal Information

DCLI is your one-stop location for all legal information needs. You can access our digital resources from anywhere in the world, including via use of mobile phones. Our web site is: http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/law/law-library. It provides comprehensive and exhaustive legal information resources and links including our own School of Law Catalog (SOCAT). A weekly E-newsletter: DuqLawWire is sent to your personal email address to keep you informed of the latest development of legal information at DCLI and around the world.

A Personal Law Library for Legal Research

DCLI will serve as your personal law library throughout the next three or four years of your law school career. After the first year, every student will be assigned a Personal Law Librarian (PLL) who will keep in touch with you on a regular basis to ensure that all your legal information needs are met satisfactorily. Our outstanding and experienced law librarian faculty members are ready and willing to help you in your academic pursuits whenever necessary.

A Frontier for Technology

The Center offers the most advanced hardware and software for digital access to legal information. Our facilities include wireless computing, electrical connections at every seat in the Center, and outstanding information technology professionals providing excellent support.

A Quiet Place for Study

The Center is a beautifully updated facility offering a quiet environment for studying law students. We request 1L students help maintain this pleasant learning atmosphere by refraining from making any unnecessary noise and respecting fellow student's quiet-space.

We take the Mission of Duquesne University "Serving God by Serving Students", seriously. We are here to serve you with love and care. Let us know whatever you need. We look forward to seeing you!

With best wishes,

Frank Y. Liu
Director and
Professor of Law

Schedule of Library Tours and Westlaw/Lexis training for 1L Students

First-Year students can view the following schedule to see the date, time, and location of mandatory tours of the library and Westlaw/Lexis training sessions.


Critical Information for First-Year Law Students

Welcome to Duquesne University Center for Legal Information's web page for First-Year (1L) Legal Research & Writing Students. This service provides you with critical information regarding the Legal Research and Writing course. Students will find links to maps of the Center and DCLI service brochures, as well as additional information for 1L Legal Research and Writing students. More information can be found on the Duquesne University Center for Legal Information homepage: http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/law/law-library

Maps of the Center for Legal Information (DCLI)

The following links to maps of each floor of DCLI will provide not only orientation of the facilities, but also a valuable guide for locating resource titles. The entrance to DCLI is located on the Second Floor, or "top" floor. The First Floor is the "middle" floor of DCLI, and the Ground Floor is the "bottom" floor.

DCLI Second Floor

DCLI First Floor

DCLI First Floor (Federal Materials)

DCLI Ground Floor

Directory of Services Brochure

The Center offers an online "Directory of Services" brochure. The brochure summarizes services and facilities information for both the Duquesne Center for Legal Information (DCLI) and the Allegheny County Law Library (ACLL). Students will find useful information regarding hours of operation, staff directory, DCLI/ACLL Web site, SOLCAT, Borrowing Materials, Course Reserves, eReserves, Legal Research Help, E-Reference, and Online Research Resources. Please visit the following link to access a printable PDF version of the brochure.

Directory of Services Brochure

SOLCAT now available on Mobile Phones

Do you want to access SOLCAT, the library catalog, from your mobile phone? You can using Worldcat.org! Guide for accessing SOLCAT from your mobile phone.

DuqNet Wireless Overview

The Duquesne University School of Law provides wireless network access to all law students. DuqNet uses WPA2 Enterprise encryption. This encryption is very secure and is the recommended security for business and other large wireless networks. Most laptop models from the last two years are compatible with this standard. Students will be required to have previously initialized their Multipass credentials in order to connect. Students will need to follow the wireless set-up guides provided on the Wireless Network page: Wireless Network Information

Updated eReserves Brochure now available

DCLI maintains a collection of electronic course reserve materials. The Center offers an online eReserve guide. The brochure summarizes everything you'll need to know about eReserves in an easy-to-understand question and answer format. eReserves Brochure

DCLI Orientation Week Hours

DCLI will be open for ORIENTATION WEEK according to the following schedule. Please visit the Center's hours page for more information regarding hours of operation.

Sunday, August 18 - Sunday, August 25, 2012

(Orientation Week)

Sunday, August 18


Monday, August 19 - Friday, August 23

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 24

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 25

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.