UC Hastings alumni are welcome to use the Law Library whenever it is open (including evening and weekend hours). All library patrons are required to sign in at the first-floor Security Desk. After showing appropriate ID, you will be issued a visitor pass good for the day. During the academic year, group study rooms are for student use only.
The Law Library operates an annual membership program for unaffiliated borrowers. More details are available here.
The Library subscribes to numerous research databases, including HeinOnline, ProQuest Journals, and the complete BNA library, which alumni are free to use while on-campus. We also provide free Westlaw access to federal and state primary law via a dedicated computer terminal in the library. Please stop by the Reference Desk for help using these resources.
Alumni on campus have internet access on the “HastingsGuest” wifi network. Users will be prompted to accept the UC Hastings Acceptable Use Policy before being allowed to access the Internet. Alumni are also welcome to use the Library’s public computers on the 4th Floor (with access to the Library’s catalog and databases) anytime.
Westlaw for Recent Graduates
The Law Library is now providing our graduates with 18 months of free access, starting right after graduation, to Westlaw, Practical Law, Drafting Assistant, Practice Point, Document & Form Builder, and more! Commercial use is allowed and encouraged! Start your firm, agency, or corporate job with the tools you need to succeed as a new associate. To take advantage of this program, you must enroll in Grad Elite. To enroll, click on this link: https://lawschool.westlaw.com/authentication/gradelite. To find out more about the Westlaw tools that are now available to you, go here: https://lawschool.westlaw.com/marketing/display/PR/4
We also provide free Westlaw access to federal and state primary law via a dedicated computer terminal in the library.
Online Access to Law Journals
The Law Library provides remote online access to over 2,000 law journals and law-related periodicals to all UC Hastings alumni. Through HeinOnline’s Alumni Access Program, we are making HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library available to all alumni. This comprehensive database includes full-text access to all major law journals, including all nine UC Hastings journals. You can browse issues or search the database by title, author, date, country, or full text. Articles are downloadable as PDFs of the original printed page. To take advantage of this new service, follow the instructions below:
- You will need a UC Hastings email address to access the Law Journal Library. If you already have a UC Hastings email address, click here — Law Journal Library for UC Hastings Alumni — and use your UC Hastings username and password.
- If you don’t have a UC Hastings email address, you can sign up for free by completing this form: https://uchastings.webconnex.com/alumemail
Alumni are encouraged to take advantage of the Reference Librarians’ expertise! Feel free to call or stop by the Reference Desk with your research questions. The Reference Librarians can help you formulate your search strategy and point you toward relevant resources available in the library and online. And don’t forget the wealth of information available on the Library website, including our research guides and links to free online resources.
Bar Study Materials
The library has prepared an online study guide with links to California bar exam questions organized by subject. We also have past California bar exams going back to the 1930’s, as well as bar study books and flashcards.
Scanning and Photocopying in the Library
Alumni and other public patrons may use any of the Library’s photocopiers by setting up an account online or through the UC Hastings Business Center, located on the first floor of the 200 McAllister building. Patrons may also use the coin-operated machine on the fourth floor of the Library.