University of Hawaii at Manoa Library


Law-Related Materials


The William S. Richardson School of Law offers the traditional Juris Doctor degree as well as a nationally-ranked Environmental Law Program, and a concentration in Pacific Asian Legal Studies. The School provides a one-year LL.M. program that gives foreign law graduates a strong foundation in American law. It is the only Law School in the country to teach Native Hawaiian issues and Pacific Islands law. Because students may earn joint degrees within the University of Hawaii at Manoa such as the JD/MBA, JD/MSW, and JD/Ph.D degrees, requests for material to support teaching and research are often interdisciplinary. While the Law School provides training in how to practice law, the University of Hawaii at Manoa provides a broader, interdisciplinary approach to the study of law. The Hamilton Library collections support law-related courses in departments such as American Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, and Political Science, among others. Additionally, there are numerous courses that might require the use of materials with subject headings such as "--legal aspects of." Examples might include land tenure and use in Hawaii, labor economics, the press and society, personnel administration, or pesticide use and the environment, just to name a few.


Although the Law School Library provides primary support for the Juris Degree by collecting legal materials such as statutes, regulations, case law, and practitioner manuals, the Law selector at the Hamilton Library collects works that study law and legal institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective. The Hawaiian Collection collects Hawaiian statutory, regulatory and legislative materials of the Kingdom, Republic, Territory, and State. The Asia and Pacific Collections acquire selected legal materials from or about their geographic areas. The Government Documents Collection houses the depository collection of United States statutory, regulatory and legislative materials.


Language: The primary language of the collection is English. Materials in Asian and Pacific languages are collected in the respective area collections.

Chronological: The primary emphasis is on current materials. Historical materials are collected as appropriate, especially in areas such as constitutional law, philosophy of law, and biographical information.

Geographic: The emphasis is on the United States. Statutes are collected for the United States and Hawaii; other areas are generally excluded. Asia and Pacific materials are collected by the appropriate area collections.

Date of Publication: The emphasis is on current imprints.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: All formats may be collected, including electronic, print, and microform.

Electronic Format: Electronic resources include indexes, databases, reference tools, e-books, and so forth. Networked electronic access is preferred for full text journal literature and for indexing and abstracting.

Treatment: Special emphasis is given to acquiring works on indigenous law; ocean law; outer space law; environmental law; gender and law; law and society; emerging technologies law (nanotechnology, biotechnogy, information technology); and public policy studies of legislation. With the exception of United States and Hawaiian state statutes, statutes, regulations, and case law are not typically collected. Textbooks, hornbooks, continuing legal education materials, procedurals materials, and practitioners handbooks are not typically collected.

Compiled by: Dave Brier
Date: June 2008

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