Research and Technology
The Washburn University School of Law Library consistently ranks high among law school libraries because of its extensive collection, innovative use of technology, and high praise by students and legal professionals. One of the first to offer a web-based online catalog, the Law Library continues to adopt new technology and provide additional resources such as extensive digital collections to enhance its research capabilities.
Each year the Washburn Law Library adds more than 8,000 volumes to its collection, which now includes more than 385,000 total volumes. For the past 25 years, the Law Library has ranked in the top quarter of all law school libraries for new titles added to its collection. The Law Library actively collects law-related videos and DVDs to enhance students’ learning experiences, with more than 1,200 video titles currently available.
WashLaw, the legal research portal created by Washburn Law librarians, provides users with links to law-related materials on the Internet. It is one of the premier legal Internet research services, available to a worldwide audience of practicing and academic legal experts. Washburn Law also hosts a large number of law-related discussion groups.
Videoconferencing adds another dimension to the law school’s communications. The technology is used for guest lectures, student organizations, trial advocacy, remote depositions, law-related continuing education, and student job interviews.
A Sophisticated Learning Environment
Washburn Law continues to uphold its reputation for leading technology in legal education and enhancing academic excellence. State-of-the-art teaching devices are installed in each classroom, and every classroom is wired to facilitate laptop use. These enhancements complement the already existing high-speed wireless network available throughout the law building. In addition, new courses in law practice technologies give students additional practice-ready skills.
Washburn Law’s Robinson Courtroom and Bianchino Technology Center incorporates current technology, including video teleconferencing, Internet access for remote broadcast of trials, evidence presentation, and electronic legal research. Students trained in this courtroom are comfortable and knowledgeable about courtroom technology and presenting evidence electronically.