For more information on library hours see our webpage.
For more information on library hours see our webpage.
The library has a great collection of study aids located next to the reference desk. Study aids can be checked out for 3 days. Please return them on time as your fellow students will be waiting for them!
Some of the most popular study aids we have are the Examples and Explanations series and the Understanding series. Also popular with students is the Glannon Guide series. Glannon Guides contain sample multiple choice questions with explanations of why each answer choice is right or wrong. Other study aid series include the Sum and Substance audio series, and the Carolina Academic Press Mastering Series. Stop by the library to browse the complete study guide collection.
It’s great to see our new students around campus. Things just get too quiet when you’re not here. Welcome to Delaware Law School! Please stop into the library if you need a place to study or relax during Intro to Law week. We also have a great collection of study aids and plenty of computers and printers for you to use.
Please let one of our librarians know if you need any help or have any questions.
Welcome to Introduction to Law at Delaware Law School. Below are the library’s hours during orientation week, August 10 – 18. Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, August 19.
|August 10-13||8 a.m. to 10 p.m.|
|August 14||8 a.m. to 7 p.m.|
|August 15||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|August 16||12 p.m. to 8 p.m.|
|August 17-18||8 a.m. to 9 p.m.|
This weekend the library will be open our usual summer hours. On Monday July 6th we will be open 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
|Monday-Thursday||8 a.m. to 11 p.m.|
|Friday||8 a.m. to 8 p.m.|
|Saturday||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Sunday||12 p.m. to 10 p.m.|
The law library is now on summer hours. From Tuesday, May 26 Through Sunday, July 26 we are open:
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Please be sure to check our hours on holidays and after summer session.
The Widener Law Delaware Law Library will be closed this weekend for Memorial Day. We’ll reopen Tuesday May 26th. See our website for more information about library hours.
The number one question I’ve been getting since the website redesign is “where did the old exams go?” The exam archive couldn’t stay on the new website so we’ve moved it to TWEN. Once you’ve logged on to TWEN, go to “Add Course” and add yourself to the course called “Exam Archive – Delaware Law Library.”
Not all faculty member give us exams, so if you don’t see the exam you’re looking for check with your professor. Many of them are now posting old exams on their own course pages.
The Widener Law Delaware campus law library is now on exam hours. We will be open until 2:00 a.m. every night through May 13th. For a complete listing of hours see our webpage.
April 13—April 17
With Free PB&J!
You just have to make the sandwich yourself!
Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg are offering advanced training classes to prepare students for summer jobs & practice.
Here’s the schedule:
The law library will be on shorter hours this week for spring break. Our hours will be:
February 27 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
February 28 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 1 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
March 2 – 5 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
March 6 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 7 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 8 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Access to the library catalog, some library databases (Lexis and Westlaw will not be affected) and ILLiad will be unavailable for 2-3 hours beginning at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, February 9th. Partial service disruptions may occur afterwards for the remainder of the day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
I’ve previously posted about the blue laws, or Sunday closing laws, of Delaware. Originally passed in 1795, Delaware’s strict blue laws, prohibiting “any worldly employment, labor or business” on Sunday were still in effect in the first half of the 20th century, although they were rarely enforced. In 1911, Delaware’s blue laws made the news when Arden residents, including the writer Sinclair Lewis, were arrested for playing baseball and tennis on Sunday. There were calls for reform of the blue laws, but the Delaware General Assembly couldn’t agree to pass a bill repealing them. In 1941, a crusading attorney general named James R. Morford declared war on the state’s blue laws.
James R. Morford was elected Delaware’s attorney general in 1938, fresh from a stint as Wilmington’s city solicitor. While city solicitor, he was part of a successful campaign to clean up corruption in the Wilmington police department. Morford strongly felt that having laws on the books that were only occasionally enforced, caused disrespect for the law and contributed to corruption of public officials. Frustrated by the General Assembly’s failure to enact reforms, he threatened to begin enforcing the blue laws strictly. In 1939, he asked the State Police to conduct a survey of the number of people breaking the blue laws, but no actual arrests were made. In 1940 he made a speech strongly stating his opposition to any laws that were not uniformly enforced, including the blue laws.
We have thereby created uncertainty as to what an honest citizen may or may not do, but we have created a situation where he may do an act one day and be apparently a law abiding citizen while the same act next day may subject him to arrest… But the worse feature is that by substituting the discretion of a man for the mandate of the law we have gone far to destroy respect for all law and have opened a door for graft and corruption in public office.
In 1941, when the Delaware General Assembly once again failed to pass a proposed bill reforming the blue laws, Morford decided to force them into action. Delaware papers carried the news that starting on Sunday, March 2nd, the blue laws would be strictly enforced. State and local police forces received orders from the Attorney General to arrest everyone found violating the law. All over the state police arrested taxi drivers, bus drivers, newspaper vendors, restaurant workers, gas station attendants, even the general manager of WDEL radio. Around 500 arrests were made that Sunday, swamping police stations and the courts.
Morford’s ploy worked, as the General Assembly finally passed a reformed blue laws bill on Friday, March 7th (it was approved by the governor on the 14th), narrowly avoiding another Sunday crackdown. State prosecutors dropped all of the pending cases against blue law violators.
Photos from the Delaware Public Archives. There are more photos of people arrested on March 2nd at the Delaware Public Archives digital collections page.
The Widener Law Library on the Delaware campus will be open Sunday, January 18th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Monday the 19th, we will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more library hours information see our webpage.