Material Check Out Privileges


All TJSL alumni are welcome to use library materials within the library. Alumni may also check out circulating books for 30 days provided a free library card is obtained upon verification of graduate status. Contact Torin Andrews (; 619-961-4206), to obtain a library card.


Reference Services


Alumni are able to call on the significant expertise of the reference librarians. We offer a wide range of reference services to include helping to identify subject area resources, formulating research strategies, and using library materials. Our only limit is that we cannot perform research (by law). To receive reference help, contact Marie Templo-Capule (; 619-961-4231), June MacLeod (; 619-961-4335), Lisa Foster (; 619-961-4296) or ask for help at the fourth floor reference desk.


Remote Access to ThomCat, the Library's Online Catalog


The library allows for remote access to our online database of library holdings, ThomCat.


MCLE Credit


The library has purchased several MCLE tapes, which are available for checkout in the fourth floor library lobby area. In addition, library staff occasionally provides training that satisfies the requirements for MCLE credit. Watch the Alumni Newsletter for MCLE information.


Library Mini-Classes


Throughout each semester, the reference staff presents short classes on sundry legal research tasks, such as finding case law and statutes, how to Shepardize, or how to search in ThomCat, our online library catalog. Alumni are always welcome to attend these 10 to 20 minute sessions.


Legal Research Boot Camp


As time permits, the library reference staff teaches a two hour print-based legal research boot camp. Boot Camp consists of research in federal and California case law, administrative law, statutes, digests, legal encyclopedias, ALRs, practice guides, court motions and pleadings, practice and court forms, and court rules. There is also a boot camp for free legal Web resources. Watch the Alumni Newsletter for a schedule of these classes.


Suggest Purchases


Alumni purchase requests are encouraged. Contact Leigh Inman (; 619-961-4278) with your requests.


Interlibrary Loan


TJSL students, faculty, and alumni needing books that are unavailable in the library collection may request an interlibrary loan. Contact Robert Wickman ( for your interlibrary loan request.


Access and Circulation Policies


See Using the Library for more about access and circulation policies.