Faculty Services

The Jameson Law Library provides a variety of specialized services designed to assist faculty with their scholarship and teaching. This page details the highlights of our Faculty Services program. Please contact us if there is any additional service we can provide.


Research Assistance

Research is what we do best! We can assist with small research projects or work with you or your research assistant to plan larger projects and find sources. For research assistance, contact Stacey Gordon at stacey.gordon@umontana.edu or 243-6808.

Scholarly Forum

Faculty can now submit their own scholarship to the Scholarly Forum.

What you will need:

    • A clean PDF of your published work (not a copy from Hein Online).
    • A copy of your author agreement in which you retain the right to post your published work in electronic databases such as the Scholarly Forum. An example author agreement can be found here.
    • A citation to your published work.

To upload your article:

    1. Go to the Scholarly Forum.
    2. Click on “Submit Research” in the lower left of the page.
    3. Select the collection that you will be adding your submission to (probably Faculty Law Review Articles).
    4. Login or create an account if you do not have one.
    5. Fill out the form that is presented. Pay particular attention to the “Disciplines” section: No one knows what terms to add to describe your article better than you do.
    6. Upload your article (typically from your computer).
    7. Skip the part about creating an open URL.
    8. Check the box that indicates you would like to add additional files if you have a copy of your author agreement that you can also upload. If you did not sign an author agreement, skip this step. We will not be able to upload your article immediately but will seek permission to do so.
    9. Click on “Submit”.

Contact Phil Cousineau for assistance at phil.cousineau@umontana.edu or 243-5847.


Faculty can also upload their scholarship to the Social Science Research Network. For SSRN you will also need a clean pdf or your work (again, not from HeinOnline). You will have to create a free account. Click here for submission instructions or to watch a video demo of the submission process.


The law school has an Expresso account to facilitate faculty submission of scholarship to law reviews. Geri Fox can assist you with this process. You can contact her at geri.fox@umontana.edu or 243-4823. See the Submission Guide for more information about law review submission using Expresso.

Law Review Rankings

Calls for Papers & Conferences


Desk Copies

To obtain a complimentary copy of a textbook you plan on using for a particular class, please contact Wendy Owens, the Faculty Secretary, at wendy.owens@umontana.edu or 243-2647. Note, however, that some publishers now only provide electronic desk copies that you have to request yourself.

Copyright & Fair Use in the Classroom

Mansfield Library has a useful guide to copyright for the University of Montana, Course Reserve Copyright Guidelines.  Another source that is very clear and helpful is from Columbia University Library's Copyright Advisory Office.  In particular, you may find their "Fair Use Check List" helpful to use as a general gauge to determine whether or not your purpose for copying materials for the classroom favors or opposes fair use.

Instructional & Teaching Resources

We have put together a list of Teaching Resources for law faculty.  The list includes books in the Law Library collection along with selected websites and other online resources you may find useful.


Stacey can answer many questions related to setting up and using Moodle for your course materials. 

Self-directed Moodle support is available for Faculty from UMOnline.

For technical issues with Moodle, please contact the Law IT at lawIT@mso.umt.edu or 243-2546. 

UMOnline provides a number of services for faculty and staff in designing and developing online content and working in the Moodle environment.  If you are interested in creating a special instructional design for your Moodle page, contact Marlene Zentz at marlene.zentz@mso.umt.edu or 243-6434.

Course Reserves

The Law Library maintains a physical reserve collection of books for your courses during the semester you are teaching.  The books are kept behind the Reference Desk and are checked out for short periods of time (usually 2 hours) to maximize the materials' availability to students. We will automatically place on reserve required books for required courses; faculty must request that non-required books be placed on Reserve.

Textbook purchase policy -- the Law Library does not purchase textbooks except for required courses (e.g., Torts, Contracts, Property, etc.).  If you teach a non-required course and wish to have the course textbook placed on reserve, you will need to provide a copy of the textbook to the Law Library.

To request to have book(s) placed on Course Reserve, please contact Phil Cousineau at phil.cousineau@umontana.edu or 243-5847.

    • Items that belong to you personally will be pulled at the end of the semester and placed in your faculty mailbox. 
    • Items that belong to the Law Library will be removed at the end of the semester and re-shelved in the main collection.

To view a list of materials currently on Course Reserve go to the Online Catalog and click on the "Course Reserve"  tab.  You can search by course, by instructor, or by course number.

Specialized Databases

Special Database Resources for Your Classes: The library has several specialized databases that you may want to direct your students to for research for your courses. See the library's Databases page for a full listing. BNA Premier has subject-focused research and current-awareness pages in most course subject areas.

Study Aids

The library subscribes the West Study Aids for all students. Students (and faculty) can access hornbooks, nutshells, question & answer guides, Gilbert's summaries, "law stories" series and more. The subscription allows free, full access to over 400 titles in electronic book format. Students can access the books from any computer using their Westlaw passwords and highlight and take notes in the books. To see a list of titles available for your class, http://lawschool.westlaw.com and click on the Study Aids Subscription link. If you have not used the Study Aids Subscription before (or have not updated your password) you will be prompted to create a West Academic Account. After that you will be able to login to the Study Aids Subscription using your Westlaw password.

The library also purchases many of the West titles as well as several other study guide series in print including:

    • Glannon Guides (Wolters Kluwer)
    • Essentials (Wolters Kluwer)
    • Examples & Explanations (Wolters Kluwer)
    • Mastering (Carolina Academic Press)
    • Understanding (LexisNexis)
    • Questions & Answers (LexisNexis)

We will put any of these titles on Reserve for your course at your request.

Library Instruction

Guest Lectures

We can provide specialized, in-class instruction in the use of legal materials for any seminar or course.  This can be very helpful in courses where students are required to write a paper.  To arrange a presentation, contact Stacey (stacey.gordon@umontana.edu or 243-6808). 

    • Some specialized in-class instruction that has been provided in the past includes: Indian Law, Environmental Law, Animal Law, Researching Jury Instructions, Criminal Adjudication, and Renewable Energy Law.

Electronic Research

Stacey is happy to provide one-on-one assistance with Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law or Fastcase. Contact her at stacey.gordon@umontana.edu or 243-6808 to set up an appointment.

Research Across the Curriculum (Coming Soon!)

Library Materials

Library Purchases

The library purchases print, electronic and audio-visual materials in accordance with our Collection Development Policy (currently under revision). Purchasing agreements with Yankee Book Peddler and the American Bar Association allow us to maintain a balance of scholarly and practice-related materials. We also purchase materials recommended by faculty. If you would like to make a purchasing recommendation, contact Stacey  at stacey.gordon@umontana.edu or 243-6808. Materials purchased by the library become part of the library collection but the law school maintains a fund to purchase personal materials for faculty-- see Becky Garner to order personal copies at rebecca.garner@umontana.edu or 243-2694.

TRAILS Consortium

The library is part of a consortium made up of all the academic libraries in Montana. The libraries in the consortium share a catalog and there is a feature in the catalog you can use to request that books from any of the consortium libraries be sent out the law library. For assistance with this feature, see any librarian.

Interlibrary Loan

The library is part of an interlibrary loan network that allows us to borrow books from other libraries on a short-term basis. This is a good option for material you are interested in that falls outside the scope of our collection, especially non-law sources. If you would like to request an interlibrary loan, contact Diane Yancy at diane.yancy@umontana.edu or 243-4847.