I’m delighted to welcome you to the Mercer Law School and the Furman Smith Law Library on behalf of the law library’s professional and support staff.  Students will work with the law library’s dual-degreed (MLS and JD) law librarians in the 1L required “Introduction to Legal Research” course.  Many students, choosing to learn more sophisticated research skills, elect to take “Advanced Legal Research” courses in their second or third years.  You may also see the law librarians as guest lecturers in substantive law courses or in specialized workshops.  All of these opportunities are taught by experienced legal research professionals.  Additionally, law librarians are here to assist students, faculty, staff, graduates, and members of the public through designated hours at the reference desk, in their offices by appointment, and over the phone.    Librarians work very closely with faculty through the faculty liaison program.

We are committed to providing you with a comprehensive collection of essential resources.  Students, faculty, staff, and attorneys have access to our rich and varied collection of print and electronic resources, both legal and non-legal.  All of the library’s resources are accessible in the online catalog, LawCat.  We invite you to explore the law library’s web-site, with its extensive collection of annotated links to Georgia and federal legal research materials.

The law library’s spaces provide for comfortable research and study areas for quiet study or collaborative work.  The law library and technology lounge have seating for more than 400 students, including carrels, tables, soft seating, and “smart” study rooms in an all wireless environment.  You may visit our web site or come by in person to learn more about our services and resources.  Please let me know how we can better serve you.

Billie Jo Kaufman

Director of the Law Library

Visiting Professor of Law