Category Archives: Law Library Services

Offline Reading – A New Feature of the West Academic Study Aids Subscription

Two exciting features have been added to the West Academic Study Aids platform:

  • Offline reading via the free West Academic Library Mobile App: this is a free app that is compatible with Apple and Android devices.  You can now read, highlight, and take notes while offline. The ability to download audio lectures will be added in early March.
  • Updated e-Reader: the e-reader has been revamped to make it easier for you to read, take notes, and highlight content.  It’s also compatible with the new mobile app, so annotations automatically sink between platforms.

More information on these new features is available here: SAS Mobile App.

Free West Academic Study Aids Subscription

The Law Library provides ASU Law students with free access to over 500 study aids/course supplements through the West Academic Study Aids Subscription.

  • 24/7 access – you can access the study aids anytime online
  • Full-content searching – a single search generates results from every relevant title
  • Highlight and take notes – you can highlight text and take notes just like in a book
  • Popular titles – Gilbert Law Summaries, Nutshell Series, High Court Case Summaries, Flash Cards, Exam Pro Series, Acing Series, Legalines, and more!

*To create your account:

  • Go to the West Academic Study Aids website
  • Click the “Create an Account” icon in the upper right corner of the page
  • Choose “I am a Student”
  • Complete the form and click “Create Account”

* When you create your account, please do so while you are on the ASU network. Once your account has been established, you will be able to access West Academic from anywhere.

Library Summer Research Workshop Series

The Ross-Blakley Law Library is pleased to announce the 2017 Summer Research Workshop Series. Five different workshop topics are being offered; each topic is intended to help Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students participating in summer associate or externship opportunities improve their real-world legal research skills.

Each workshop will be offered at three different times to accommodate varying work schedules – please feel free to come to any session of any workshop. We look forward to seeing you this summer! Please contact Tara Mospan with any questions at

Workshop #1 – Best practices for starting a research project
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
– 7:30-8:30am – BCLS 352

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
– 12:00-1:00pm – BCLS 450
– 6:00-7:00pm – BCLS 352

Workshop #2 – Researching state and federal statutes
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
– 7:30-8:30am – BCLS 352

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
– 12:00-1:00pm – BCLS 450
– 6:00-7:00pm – BCLS 352

Workshop #3 – Researching state and federal regulations
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
– 7:30-8:30am – BCLS 352
– 12:00-1:00pm – BCLS 250
– 6:00-7:00pm – BCLS 352

Workshop #4 – Terms & connectors/advanced search techniques
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
– 7:30-8:30am – BCLS 352

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
– 12:00-1:00pm – BCLS 650
– 6:00-7:00pm – BCLS 352

Workshop #5 – Free (and reliable!) research resources
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
– 7:30-8:30am – BCLS 352

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
– 12:00-1:00pm – BCLS 250
– 6:00-7:00pm – BCLS 352

Summer Research Workshops Survey

The Law Library is planning a series of early summer Research Workshops for summer associates and externship participants. We will also be hosting sessions specifically for our recent graduates later this summer, after the bar exam. We are seeking student input for the topics to be covered as well as the timing of the workshops. Please take this three question survey to offer your opinion:

Please e-mail Tara Mospan at with any questions, as well as to get on the notification list for upcoming workshops. Thank you and we look forward to your response!

Exciting Westlaw Update


The Law Library is pleased to announce that thanks to a new agreement with Westlaw, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law graduates will now have 60 hours a month of Westlaw access for 18 months after graduation; this access can be used for either commercial (paid) or educational purposes.

In addition, all current and graduating students are gaining immediate access to Drafting Assistant and Doc & Form Builder, as well as a number of other powerful practice-ready transactional tools on Westlaw.

* Graduating students must activate their 18 month password extension within their Westlaw account.

Study Aids for You: Print & Online

Online Study Skills Materials
The Ross-Blakley Law Library is pleased to provide you with online access to hundreds of study aids to help you prepare for classes and exams. Whether you are a returning student or it is your first year in law school, you will find study aids for virtually every course you will take. All these titles are available for online viewing 24/7 and you can highlight, take notes and even print.

Please note: The first time you go to access the Study Aids Subscription, you will need to create a West Academic account. Use this link to Sign in or Create an Account

Print Study Skills Materials
Not all study skills materials are online. To help you succeed in law school, the Ross-Blakley Law Library staff has created a print Study Skills Collection. Located in the Reserve Reading room on the first floor of the Law Library, the collection brings together an array of study aids, legal research and writing texts, exam, and bar exam materials.

Books in the Study Skills Collection may be checked out for two weeks and are renewable twice.  Flash Cards may be checked out for one week and are not renewable. Study Skills materials have a seven day grace period, and will be billed the replacement charge and overdue fee on the eighth day overdue.  If you have any questions about or suggestions for the print collection, please contact Leslie A. Pardo, Head of Access Services, (480) 965-3579.

Welcome New Students!

The library staff looks forward to meeting you soon at orientation. Please come visit us at the following events:

Monday, August 17th: 8:30-9:30am
Room 109 – Legal Research Password Distribution

Tuesday, August 18th: 8:30-10:00am
Room 109 – Legal Research Password Distribution

Tuesday, August 18th: 1:00-2:00pm
Law Library lobby – Free Root Beer Floats at the Law Library Open House 

In the meantime, be sure to access our 1L Orientation Guide. This guide provides information on library hours and services, materials to help you prep for class and exams, and instructions on how to access the library’s print and electronic study aids.

Meet the Law Library’s Therapy Bobcat: Blakley

bobcat_hunting_2Are looming final exams getting you stressed out?  Is your graduation paper giving you fits? If so, come to the Law Library to meet Blakley our therapy bobcat. Blakley will help sooth your frazzled nerves and put you at ease.  One of our librarians found Blakley living in the Rural Road parking structure.  Blakley was lured to the Law Library with just a few bowls of milk, a big steak, and a little coaxing.  (A photo of tasty looking law students didn’t hurt either.)


If you would like to make an appointment to spend some stress free time with Blakley, stop by the Circulation desk to make an appointment or use our new Online Bobcat Therapy Reservation System.  Blakley generally stays in the all-night study room but at times can be seen roaming the library in search of law students so he can help them cope with the rigors of law school.

If you haven’t figured it out already, Happy April Fool’s Day!

Important Changes to the Printing/Copying Payment System at the Ross-Blakley Law Library

 Visitors to the Law Library

For those of you who make photocopies, print or scan documents at the Ross-Blakley Law Library at Arizona State University, please note the following changes on how you pay for copying and scanning.  

The print account funding system has changed, effective December 29, 2014.  The Law Library’s printing and copying system utilizes the University’s Print Anywhere program. In order for visitors to print, copy, or scan at the Law Library, they must first purchase a Print Anywhere Guest Card from any Sun Devil Bookstore location.  Bookstore hours may vary, so please plan ahead if you need to purchase a card.   Cards can be purchased in $6 increments.  This is enough to make 50 8.5×11 b/w copies. 

Printing no longer requires the creation or funding of a Print Anywhere Account.  Visitors with a balance remaining on their Print Anywhere account can use the card until the funds have been used entirely.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the PrintU Office.   To learn more about the change, please visit Canon’s Print Anywhere Funding Update  page


ASU Students, Faculty & Staff

Printing and copying charges for ASU students, faculty, and staff will be charged to your MyASU account. The Print Anywhere program is not applicable to printing in the Law Student Computer.  Computer Lab is restricted to law student use only and printing charges are handled by the IT Department.