National Jurist Magazine Ranks TU’s Mabee Legal Information Center as 33rd Best Law Library

Friday, October 15, 2004

 Published on 10/15/04

The October 2004 issue of National Jurist, a magazine for law students, ranks the Mabee Legal Information Center (MLIC) at The University of Tulsa College of Law as the 33rd best law school library in the country.

The magazine used the most recent data from the American Bar Association to compare 183 law libraries. Scores were tabulated in six categories: The number of volumes and the ratio of study seating to enrollment were each worth 20 percent of the composite score; the number of titles, number of serial subscriptions, ratio of professional librarians to enrollment and number of hours open per week were each worth 15 percent.

“This ranking puts the MLIC in the top tier of accredited law schools in the country, which is a credit to our experienced staff. Collectively our librarians have 162 years of library experience,” said Richard Ducey, MLIC director and associate professor of law at TU. “Also, our wireless capabilities have been upgraded, making it possible for students to use their laptops anywhere in the building.”

The MLIC has 369,000 volumes in almost eight miles of shelving, a study seating capacity of 685, eight professional librarians and is open 110 hours per week. The $10.4 million, three-story addition to the College of Law doubled the floor-space and greatly increased the technological options available to users when it was dedicated in 2000. The newest 28,000 square feet brings the building’s total square footage to more than 50,000.

The state’s other law schools, at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University, were ranked 93rd and 161st respectively.

For more information, contact Richard Ducey at (918) 631-2458.