Congratulations to Our 2020 GW Law Grads!

We wish you all the best in your new careers!  We're here for you as GW Law alumni.  Although we're not physically open at this time, we offer virtual services to our alumni. Ask us your research questions during our service hours Monday - Friday:  9:00am - 5:00pm...

Five Things to Know

Although the Jacob Burns Law Library is closed, we're here to help with our virtual services.  The library staff continue to work to help you with your legal research requests.   Here are five things to know: Our virtual desk is open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, and...

27th Amendment Ratified May 7, 1992

The 27th Amendment requires that no change in compensation for a Representative or a Senator "shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened." The intent of the amendment was to prohibit sitting members of Congress from giving themselves...

Jacob Burns Law Library Operations and Covid-19

Although the law library is closed, we are still here to help.  We're working remotely to answer your questions about legal research.  You can reach us: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday. Contact us: Email: Chat Text...

A display of scholarship by GW Law Women Faculty in honor of Women’s History Month, March, 2020

The Burns Law Library has mounted a display of scholarship by women members of the GW Law School faculty in honor of Women’s History Month.  Located outside the library’s second-floor entrance, it highlights publications from 25 members of the permanent faculty.  The...
Stop.  Think.  Connect.

Stop. Think. Connect.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance.  Beware of theft, fraud and cyber crime, secure your key accounts and devices, and actively manage your privacy. You can do your part for cyber security by...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read:  Banned Books Week

Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week

Observe Banned Books Week this week, September 23-29.  Banned Books Week draws attention to attempts at censorship by restricting access to books across the country.  Sponsors for the week include the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association,...

2018 National Book Festival – Sept. 1

2018 National Book Festival – Sept. 1

Spread the Joy of Reading! Join the 2018 National Book Festival on September 1 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Festival includes visits with many authors.  A presentation by Supreme Court Justice Sonia...

Welcome to the Jacob Burns Law Library

Welcome to the Jacob Burns Law Library

Welcome! New to law school? The Law Library — your library — has a number of materials to help you succeed, including our online guides about services to law students:  the Burns Law Library Welcome Guide and Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library  Our research...

Law Day: Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

Law Day: Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

Today, May 1, is Law Day, "an annual commemoration first held in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued...



Wherever the summer months take you--in the D.C. area or across the globe--we're here to help all summer long!  Reach us by phone, text, email or chat: Phone:  202.994.6647 Email: Text:  202.999.3685 Chat Find help with our Library...

National Library Week, April 8 – 14, 2018

National Library Week, April 8 – 14, 2018

Sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types, National Library Week was first celebrated in 1958.  This year's theme - Libraries Lead - focuses on the role that libraries play in their communities.  Libraries are at the forefront of...

Lame Duck Sessions and the Twentieth Amendment

Lame Duck Sessions and the Twentieth Amendment

The Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified on January 23, 1933, set the end dates for terms of elected federal officials and the beginning date for each Congressional session.  Terms for President and Vice President end at noon on the 20th day...

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The Burns Brief library blog shares timely information about services, events and resources provided by the Jacob Burns Law Library. This blog also communicates relevant law-related and library-related topics germane to greater GW Law Library community.



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