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Casebook and Textbook Resources

A guide to accessing casebooks and textbooks for School of Law courses.

Law Library Resources

  • The Law Library has one copy of the following:
    • required first year casebooks
    • required upper division casebooks (Evidence, Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility) (starting fall semester 2024)
    • bar success prescribed curriculum required casebooks (starting fall semester 2024)
  • The above can be checked out for 2 hours at the Circulation Desk. It does not acquire other upper division casebooks and supplementary course material.
  • Older first year casebooks are in the treatise collection. Check the law library catalog.
  • Check the catalog for older casebooks and non-textbook titles.
  • Search Summit to see if it is available at one of our partner libraries.
  • Request via ILL from other libraries.
  • Check out the library’s print and online study aids collection as a supplement (not a substitute for casebooks).
  • Ask the reference librarians for help finding cases, statutes, and other materials:

Other Law School Resources

  • Post on the SU law student book exchange.  
  • Ask other SU law students and student organizations (e.g., the Womxn of Color Coalition is starting a book exchange:
  • Visit the ARC Resource Room #310 for other study resources.
  • The law school student financial services department may be able to advise on additional financial aid resources:

Faculty Resources

  • Check the faculty member’s course webpage to see if articles or chapters have been posted.
  • Discuss using a previous edition with your faculty member. It may be cheaper and more easily obtained via Summit or ILL.
  • For open access law textbooks, see this guide.

Campus Resources

  • The Campus Bookstore sells and rents textbooks and offers a book buyback program. Purchase books as early as possible to ensure you have them in time for class.
  • The Lemieux Library guide on textbook options has many tips and a comprehensive list of booksellers and open educational resources. Order books as early as possible to ensure they arrive before classes start.
  • The campus emergency fund can assist students with non-tuition related expenses. Seattle University has an Open Education Taskforce that educates and supports the campus community on open education practices.