The Belmont University College of Law Library is the third academic law library that I have created. In 1999, I began the law library at the Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 2006, I created the law library at Elon University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Both Ave Maria and Elon received ABA-accreditation in the shortest possible period of time, and the law library at both institutions were strong components of those overall results. It is expected that the law library at Belmont Law will again be one of the strongest components of the overall ABA inspection process.
The advent of technology has greatly altered the format landscape of the typical academic law library. The law library that I created at Ave Maria more than a decade ago looks much different than the library I am in the process of creating at Belmont, primarily due to the abundance of legal information now available in digital format. What will not change, however, is the importance of the law library to the overall mission of the law school itself. I expect the law library at Belmont Law to be the intellectual heart of the law school experience. It will provide the resources that will allow our graduates to “hit the ground running” by facilitating our faculty’s efforts to integrate traditional legal analysis with practical legal skills.
The Law Library’s collection is rich and full and is designed to meet the research needs of the Law School’s students and satisfy the demands of the Law School curriculum. It also supports the teaching, research, and service interests of the faculty as well as serving the School’s special teaching, research, and service objectives. The collection exists in multiple formats (yes, we still have books), and is particularly strong in U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence, Church/State law, and Tennessee legal materials as well as emerging fields of law such as Bioethics/Biotechnology, and Digital Law.
Titles in Business and Dispute Resolution/Litigation, the Law School’s two track areas of concentration in the curriculum, are also included in the Library collection. In an effort to collect to Belmont University’s strength in Health Law and Entertainment/Music Business Law, titles in these areas are also purchased by the Law Library.
So, please come and experience all the Law Library at Belmont Law has to offer. We’ll supply the books, bits, bytes and service, and we’ll leave it to you to supply the interest and enthusiasm.
All the best,
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