Why is Legal Research Important?

An article entitled Get Real About Research and Writing by Mark Cooney which appeared in the May 2004 issue of the ABA Student Lawyer Magazine takes on the common myths about research and writing in legal practice. To help students develop their legal research skills beyond those learned in Legal Writing, the librarians teach several research courses. These courses cover resource selection, research strategies and search techniques. Emphasis is placed on gaining familiarity and competence with the materials most commonly used by attorneys in day-to-day practice, working with print sources, online databases, and free sources of law on the Internet. Advanced Electronic Legal Research and Methodology is offered in the Fall Semester, Legal Research Methods is offered in the Spring Semester, and International and Foreign Law Research is offered every other year. Legal Research Methods Online, our only asynchronous course, is offered each summer