Cheryl Kelly Fischer

Reference Librarian & Head of Instructional Services
Lecturer in Law

  • B.A. UC San Diego, 1999
  • M.L.I.S. UCLA, 2007
  • J.D. UCLA, 2003
  • UCLA Faculty Since 2007

Cheryl Kelly Fischer teaches Advanced Legal Research. She is a reference librarian and the Head of Instructional Services at the UCLA Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library.

She earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law where she was Executive Editor of the UCLA Law Review, Chief Managing Editor of the UCLA Entertainment Law Review, a teaching assistant for Lawyering Skills, and a law library research assistant. She graduated from UC San Diego, cum laude, with a B.A. in Theatre, and from UCLA with a Master's degree in Library and Information Science. Following law school, Ms. Fischer practiced law as an associate at Jones Day in the Los Angeles office. Since returning to UCLA, Ms. Fischer has taught legal research skills in numerous law and non-law courses on campus. She has also participated in the selection, training and supervision of students in the law library's faculty research assistant program. And as a liaison to the UCLA law student journals and law reviews, she regularly assists journal editorial boards with the training of their staff.

Ms. Fischer’s publications include “Open Access to Legal Scholarship” (with V. Steiner) in Law Librarianship in the Digital Age (edited by Allyssa Kroski, Scarecrow Press, 2014); “Helping Millennials Find U.S. Supreme Court Cases Online,” 36 Reference Services Review 245 (2008); and research guides on legal research and legal cite checking available at