Ann Bateson

Director, Law library

Professor of Law

(651) 962-4899
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4899

1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403

Office Location: MSL 220

M.A., University of Minnesota

B.A., College of St. Catherine

Bateson served as director of the law library at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul since 1989.  Bateson co-authored one of the leading textbooks on legal research, The Process of Legal Research (now in its sixth edition). She has led the transformation of the Ugandan legal system by helping to compile, revise and publish the Laws of the Republic of Uganda (a 28-volume undertaking). 

Bateson has held leadership and service roles with the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the American Association of Law Libraries and the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries.

During her career, Bateson has built an outstanding library collection and staff.

Courses Taught

Number Title Credits
625 Lawyering Skills II 2
950 Supervised Resrch & Writing .5

From the article "Grand Ideas: Faculty members describe the best ideas from their scholarship" St. Thomas Lawyer Magazine Fall 2011

The most important work I’ve done in the last 10 years is to complete the codification of the laws of Uganda. Working with a Ugandan colleague, I identified and found copies of existing Ugandan laws and created the first up-to-date set of Ugandan statutes and statutory instruments since 1964. I’ve also completed two revisions of my co-authored textbook, The Process of Legal Research, one of the standard legal research textbooks since it first was published in 1986.

Upcoming: I’m working on a new edition of my co-authored textbook this summer to address legal research literacy in the second decade of the 21st century. I’ll also be writing a piece on focused, cost-effective law library collection development strategies.


Christina L. Kunz, Deborah A. Schmedemann, Ann L. Bateson, Mehmet Konar-Steenberg, Anthony S. Winer & Sarah Deer, The Process of Legal Research (8th ed. Aspen Publishers 2012) (with Teacher’s Manual).

Christina L. Kunz, Deborah A. Schmedemann, Ann L. Bateson, Matthew P. Downs & Mehmet Konar-Steenberg, The Process of Legal Research  (7th ed. Aspen Publishers 2008) (with Teacher’s Manual).