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Introductory Guide for First Year Students

This guide will help new law students get started with Law School and become more familiar with the Law Library.

Applied Legal Experience, Research, & Technology (ALERT) Program

The Applied Legal Experience, Research, & Technology (ALERT) Program is a non-credit program that provides students with additional opportunities outside of the College of Law’s curriculum to learn advanced legal research and technology skills.  By completing the program, students can demonstrate to potential employers a desire to obtain practice-ready legal research skills and an ability to hit the ground running.

ALERT Sessions

We offer four 50 sessions each semester. To complete a session, you must attend the session in person or watch online, and successfully complete the associated quiz on the ALERT iCollege page.  Online asynchronous ALERT sessions are also available.  To complete these, simply follow the directions provided in the Online ALERT box in the upper right-hand corner of the page.  

ALERT Fall 2022 Schedule

Topic I – Getting Started with Legal Research

  • Tuesday, August 23 at 3:30 – 4:10 pm in Room 246
  • Wednesday, August 24 at 5:25 – 5:55 pm in Room 241

Topic II – Research Starting from a Legal Issue

  • Tuesday, August 30 at 3:30 – 4:10 pm in Room 246
  • Wednesday, August 31 at 5:25 – 5:55 pm in Room 241

Topic III – Evaluating Sources

  • Tuesday, September 6 at 3:30 – 4:10 pm in Room 246
  • Wednesday, September 7 at 5:25 – 5:55 pm in Room 241

Topic IV – Formatting a Word Doc

  • Tuesday, September 20 at 3:30 – 4:10 pm in Room 246
  • Wednesday, September 21 at 5:25 – 5:55 pm in Room 241

Completion Requirements

Students will have their entire law school career to complete the program. Students will be recognized at Awards Day for completion and also receive a digital badge immediately upon finishing each level. Online and in-person sessions count towards this total number. The levels of completion are as follows:

  • Completion with Distinction - 6 sessions completed
  • Completion with High Distinction - 8 sessions completed
  • Completion with Highest Distinction - 10 sessions completed

For more information, see the ALERT webpage. The ALERT Program also has its own iCollege page. Contact Patrick Parsons with any questions.

Personal Librarian Program

undefinedAs an incoming student, you will be assigned your very own Personal Librarian! It's a great way to connect you with the Law Library, as well as librarians. We will communicate with you monthly and keep you aware of library programming and information about the library, such as hours changes, hiring, etc.

Feel free to also reach out to your Personal Librarian. Throughout the semester, there may be times when you prefer not to ask your Research Methods in Law professor a question, like "I missed class and need help with..." Transferring students may not have much in-class time with a librarian, so we are also available to talk to you about seminar papers or other questions you may have during your time at GSU. 

Meet Your Personal Librarian

Learn more about each librarian here!


Pam Brannon


Meg Butler


Gerard Fowke


Terrance Manion



Patrick Parsons

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