The Jacob Burns Law Library is among the largest and most prestigious academic law libraries in the United States. It offers a research collection rich in the historic and contemporary legal materials of America, as well as international and comparative materials. The Law Library's holdings of more than 600,000 volumes (and equivalents) and its wide range of electronic resources provide researchers with a wealth of legal information.
The Jacob Burns Law Library is named for Jacob Burns (LL.B. '24, LL.D. '70), a generous supporter of GW Law and longtime trustee of the University. Burns (1902-1993) was renowned as a lawyer, artist, and philanthropist. His gift of the Jacob Burns Law Library is just one of several examples of his significant contributions to the "uplifting and maintenance of the legal profession," and his fearless advocacy of the principle of "equal justice under the law."
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