Policy Regarding Legal Research Assistance
The legal collection at the Library of the University of Texas at El Paso is provided primarily as an educational component for the faculty and students of the institution. Other faculty and students in the community as well as community patrons are welcome to use the collection for their needs. Reference staff will assist patrons in the use of the collection, but cannot conduct legal research for them.
If you need to find out what the law is, we encourage you to come to the library to find it. We can show you where the law collection is located and how to use the legal indexes. However, you are responsible for your own research. If you find a law or case that is not clear to you, we will not interpret it or explain it to you. We will refer you to dictionaries or other sources that may help you interpret it.
This policy is in place for several reasons:
Advising people what the law is and how it applies to their situation is practicing law, which is what lawyers do. Library employees are prohibited from giving legal advice. The Library staff is able to help you use the Library’s collections, but cannot research or interpret the law for you.