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1L Survival Guide

A guide for beginning law students about the UW Law School, skills, courses, faculty, textbooks, studying, exams, library access, and technology.

General Help

Not sure who to ask? Try:

Law Library Reference Desk - Fifth floor, phone 262-3394, or chat on this web page

Law School Help Desk (for technology related questions) - Rm 2115, phone 262-5242, email

Law School Main Administrative Office in Rm 5110, phone 262-2240

See also the Law School Directory for a list of departments with contact information.

Research Help

Our reference staff can help you find answers to your research questions. Whether it's quick advice or a more in-depth research consultation, we can help.

Contact us:

  • in person at the Reference Desk on the 5th floor
  • By email at
  • By phone at 262-3394
  • By chat on this page

Tech Help

Computer lab assistants are available during all open library hours to help with any questions regarding software usage or laptop configuration. Their office is located in Room 2390, which is on the south end of the Class of 1972 Computer Room (Lab B).

For additional law school related issues, contact Law School Help Desk at 262-5242 or

Contact the UW Madison campus DoIT Help Desk at 264-HELP for help with e-mail, internet access and other applications.

Lost & Found

For lost and found items, contact the Law Library Circulation Desk or the Law School Copy Shop.