Thursday, April 7, 2022

Happy National Library Week! Celebrate with our new legal career guide!

Photo of multiple Lego people symbolizing different legal career paths found in the library's career guide.

Ever wondered about how to become a space lawyer or an animal rights lawyer but didn't know where to start? The Gallagher Law Library is here to help! 

In honor of National Library Week, the Gallagher Law Library created a new legal career guide, “Where Will Your Legal Education Take You?” This guide is designed to help law students, prospective law students, or those who would like a change in their career to explore over 30 different careers one could take after completing a law degree and links resources for future research into each of these careers. The guide also discusses graduate degrees that the University of Washington School of Law offers, which are mentioned on the career pages that they are most relevant to (a comprehensive list of UW Law’s graduate degrees can be found here). For many of the careers, we have also highlighted UW Law faculty who have experience working in relevant areas of law.

Don’t know where to start? Take our very short, interactive quiz (2-3 minutes) which will lead you to one of the career options for law school graduates. We encourage you to take it several times to see how your interests lead you to a different legal career path!

You may take the quiz here.

Want more fun? Check out Gallagher’s past National Library Week events like our puzzle pack or our virtual escape rooms!

Other resources for law students:

Friday, April 1, 2022

Vintage Law Library Experience

Do you prefer the warm, rich sound of  vinyl records to the precise yet cold sound you get from digital media? Will you go out of your way to get a luscious heirloom tomato from a produce stand, when the local supermarket has plenty of industrially farmed tomatoes on offer? Then our new law library suite is for you!

After extensive renovation, the law library has devoted Floor L3 to creating a vintage law library experience for connoisseurs like you. 


The Condon Reading Room

John T. Condon
Photo by William F. Boyd,
Public domain,
via Wikimedia Commons

The heart of Floor L3 is the Condon Reading Room, named for John T. Condon, the first dean of UW Law. Here you can experience the law library the way previous generations did. Absorb the wisdom of scholars by reading print books without the distraction of email pop-ups or pings alerting you to new text messages. In fact, you can leave your digital devices in your locker, because we brought in a tech team to disable any wifi signals that might leak through from other floors. 

Follow in the intellectual footsteps of law students and lawyers from the last century. Do you want to find cases? Use the West Key Number System in print digests.

photo of shelves with hundreds of thick books; title page is in upper left
Shelves of Decennial Digests, with title page from volume 11 of the Sixth Decennial Digest, covering cases from 1946 to 1956 with Key Numbers in the Topics Declaratory Judgment through Divorce (Key Number 259).  "A Complete Digest of All Decisions of the State and Federal Courts as Reported in the National Reporter System and the State Reports"

Do you want to find out whether your case has been cited by later cases, perhaps even overruled? Take a look at the amazingly powerful Shepard’s Citations volumes. You’ll find that just a few minutes of study acquaint you with the treatment codes (you don’t need colored flags and traffic signals!). Before long, you will be able to make sense out of the columns of numbers and letters. Citation checking that would have eaten up minutes of your time using KeyCite or Shepards on Lexis can now be accomplished in only an hour or so.

Entries from Shepard’s Pacific
Source: Tina S. Ching,
Using Shepard’s Citations
in Print
(This PowerPoint 
presentation is undated,
but it’s not 

No scanners are available in the Condon Reading Room, but you’ll find that copying selected passages by hand into your notebook actually improves comprehension and retention. (How many times have you downloaded or scanned a document but never gotten around to reading it?)

The Lomen Room and the Smith Room

In addition to the Condon Reading Room, Floor L3 also features two (mostly) soundproofed typing rooms, so you’ll be able to prepare your papers without disrupting your classmates (much). The typewriters in one room are manual, while the other room has IBM Selectrics from the 1970s.

The first room is named for Lucile Lomen (class of 1944).  Lomen was the first woman to clerk for a U.S. Supreme Court Justice (William O. Douglas). While she was a law student, she was an editor of the Washington Law Review and published five pieces of her own (without a laptop!). 

black and white photo shows 8 white men and 1 white woman around a table. All are wearing suits.
Washington Law Review staff. Lomen is third from left.
Source: 1943 Tyee (University of Washington yearbook), 
digitized by University Libraries


The second typing room—for those who prefer electric typewriters—honors Charles Z. Smith (class of 1955). Smith, who served as a trial judge and founded UW Law’s clinical program, was the first person of color to serve on the Washington Supreme Court (his father was Black and his mother was Cuban). He also produced a lot of work without a computer. (You can see his portrait on Floor 1, outside Room 133.)

Typed page with clip at top. Text: "THE JUDICIAL FUNCTION IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM; Chaarles Z. Smith, Judge of the Superior Court of Washington for King County, National College of District Attorneys, University of Houston College of Law, Houston, Texas, June 3 and July 29, 1971"
Typescript of "The Judicial Function in the Criminal Justice System,"
presented by Charles Z. Smith to the National College of District Attorneys meeting
in Houston in 1971, when he was a judge on the King County Superior Court

The Johnson Room

Do you need to make a phone call? Use the Johnson Room, also on L3. Named for Professor Ralph W. Johnson, who was an expert in Indian law as well as natural resources law, the Johnson Room is equipped with a sturdy rotary-dial phone. There are also scratch pads and pencils for jotting notes or doodling.

photo of white man leaning back in chair with phone receiver held to his ear. He's wearing a white shirt and black suspenders. His desk has an open book and photos of his kids.
Prof. Ralph W. Johnson. Source: University of Washington School of Law Yearbook 1965, at 10

A Law Library Experience That's New (to You)

Electronic media suffuse modern life, and legal education is no exception. From scans of first-week assignments to an online exam archive, from online study aids to classes on Zoom, law school is so shaped by digital media that it might be hard to imagine learning and researching the law in any other way. Visit Floor L3 to get a taste of vintage legal study. Maybe you won't find it as delicious as heirloom tomatoes, but it's surprisingly nourishing!