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Faculty Services at the Legal Research Center

Welcome to the Pardee Legal Research Center (LRC). You will be working in the region's premier legal collection and facility when you enter USD's law library. Various library services are available to facilitate your research and add to your productivity.


The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is an open-access repository for scholarly papers in law, the social sciences, business, and some other disciplines. Hundreds of thousands of authors have posted abstracts and papers. SSRN has over 750,000 abstracts—and most of the papers are available for free download (PDF).

SSRN membership is free. Just click on the "REGISTER" link in the upper right of the screen.

Registering enables you to

  • post your own papers
  • download others' papers
  • subscribe to eJournals (free and fee-based)

LRC services

Librarians at the LRC can assist faculty with getting their papers uploaded to SSRN. Email your submission to with as much of the following info as you have available: 

  • Paper title (in English)
  • Date the paper was written
  • Abstract/summary of the paper (in English)
  • Names, affiliations, and email addresses of all authors
  • Copyright holder permission (if applicable)
  • Paper, if uploaded, must be in PDF format
  • Citation, if  accepted for publication.

What version of my article can I post to SSRN?

Each publisher has their own rights and self-archiving policies regarding what version of your article you can make available for download on SSRN. To be sure you have the right to upload such content, you should review your publishing agreement, the publisher’s copyright policies, and/or any other applicable information prior to posting any version of an Academic Paper. For a complete explanation, please read SSRN’s Terms of Use.

USD Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series

USD's Legal Studies Research Paper Series through SSRN provides a method through which faculty publications can gain a wider reach. The series is distributed to thousands of subscribers worldwide and includes an abstract of your paper(s), contact information and links to the full, downloadable text within SSRN. Additionally, your paper can be included in up to 12 Subject Matter eJournals, which are distributed globally.