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Legal Research Skills for Practice Program: Legal Research Skills for Practice Program

Research Skills for Practice

The Legal Research Skills for Practice Program provides training in the legal research skills most useful for new lawyers. Did you know:

  • 45% of a new associate's time is spent doing research
  • 70% of new legal researchers need help using print and online resources together
  • Research showed that new associates could not:
    - Effectively and efficiently use print legal research materials 
    - Perform legislative histories
    - Proficiently use an index or table of contents 
    - Understand key sources for specific practice areas.

Cost-effective and efficient research is more important now than ever. Improve your skills by attending practical, hands-on research classes tailored to the realities of today's legal landscape. Every class emphasizes resources and skills outside of Lexis and Westlaw and you choose the classes that fit your future practice needs.

Classes are taught by experienced legal information librarians, who have law degrees as well as library degrees. Each class will be 1 hour and will have a brief assignment which you will need to complete and submit. To obtain a certificate you must complete at least 6 of the 16 offered classes.

View the classes.

Here's what last year's students had to say:

"I love that the BU law library offers this!! I plan on finishing my certificate and feel that this will help me exponentially in the future in school and in future jobs."

"I'm really glad I learned about free legal resources like the THOMAS database and . . . HeinOnline. They'll be useful to me in the future."

"The class was fantastic. I think that it is incredibly useful to have the opportunity to learn more about print research as it is something that most everybody will need to do at some point."

Skills for Success Panel

The Inside Scoop on Legal Research in Practice

  • What resources do new lawyers use in practice?
  • How much does online legal research cost?
  • What can you do while in law school to prepare for the real-world of legal research?

Come enjoy lunch and hear from BUSL graduates what new summer associates, attorneys, and interns are expected to know about legal research and the skills your employers will expect you to possess on day one. Don't miss this lively and informative panel, relevant whether you are going to a firm, an internship, the government, or a small practice!

The 2015 panel will be held Jan. 20, 2015 from 12:45-2 PM in Room 211.

Pizza and refreshments provided.

Read the panelists' bios here.

Certification Class Schedule