The Law division contributes support to the curricula of the Criminal Justice Department, which offers undergraduate degrees; of the Public Administration Department, which offers an MPA concentration in criminal justice administration; and of the interdisciplinary Law and Society Program, which offers an undergraduate minor.
Monographs. The Law collection holds 3193 monographs, which is equivalent to a 2b, and is 147% of the number from the modified ACRL standard (2172). The median age of the books in this division is 18 years old, with 32% published in the last decade.
The Library owns several sets in its reference and government documents reference collections that greatly enhance the collection, including: U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News, United States Code Annotated, Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated, and various tax law series. There are incomplete sets (up through the late 1970s) of Michigan Reports and Michigan Appeals Reports; their incompleteness is a not inconsiderable hindrance to some types of research.
Acquisitions. No single academic department bears primary responsibility for collecting materials for this division. Departments and programs most likely to purchase materials for it include Criminal Justice, Political Science/Public Administration, and Linguistics/English. In the past ten years, the Library has added an average of 102 law books annually, which is almost 7% of the domestic publishing output total (equivalent to a 2b). Acquiring 10% of the publishing output per year at a discounted average price of $52.18 apiece would require a monographs expenditure of $7670.
Periodicals. The Library subscribes to Index to Legal Periodicals & Books through FirstSearch, and to Legal Reviews and Legal News through Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe. There are 20 Wilson-indexed law periodical titles, of which the Library has paper subscriptions to 9 (45%=2b) and web access to 3 more (60% total=3a).
Sources consulted: ELIS, CUGB, BTCS
Prepared by Paul G. Streby, in consultation with Prof. Al Price and Prof. Neil Leighton.
Ratings for Law
CL=Current collection level; AC=Acquisitions commitment; GL=Goal level
|LC class||Line no.||Category||CL||AC||GL||Comments|
|JX||LAW 006||International Law||3a||3b||643 titles; periodicals=3a|
|K - KC||LAW 007.5||Law (General)||2b||3b||340 titles|
|KF||LAW 022.5||Law - United States (Federal)||2b/ 3a||3b||1984 titles|
|KFA - KFW||LAW 078.2||U.S. States & Territories||2a||3b||96 titles|
|KFX||LAW 078.3||Law - U.S. Cities||2a||3b||15 titles|
|KFZ||LAW 078.4||Law of Individual Territories||1a||2a||2 titles|
|KD - KE, KG - KX||LAW 078.5 - 241||Foreign Law||2a||2a||143 titles|
|DIVISION AS A WHOLE||3a||2b||3b|
Ratings for Law, Non-WLN categories
CL=Current collection level; GL=Goal level
|Criminal Justice Administration||3a||3c|
|Civil Liberties & Civil Rights||3b||3b|
|International Agencies & Organizations||3a||3a|
0 -- Out of scope
1 -- Minimal level
1a ---- Minimal level, uneven coverage
1b ---- Minimal level, even coverage
2 -- Basic information level
2a ---- Basic information level, Introductory
2b ---- Basic information level, Advanced (Appropriate for community college students)
3 -- Study or instructional support level
3a ---- Basic study or instructional support level (Adequate to support lower division undergraduate courses)
3b ---- Intermediate study or instructional support level (Adequate to support upper division undergraduate courses; not adequate for master's degree programs)
3c ---- Advanced study or instructional support level (Adequate to support master's degree programs)
4 -- Research level (Adequate to support doctoral research)
5 -- Comprehensive level