Category Archives: Legal Research Instruction

Legal Research and the Virtues*

by Paul Gatz Legal research is often characterized as a skill. For instance, the AALL Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency repeatedly refers to legal research skills, and Standards 303 and 302 of the ABA Standards for Approval of … Continue reading

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The Teaching Librarians’ Role

by Dean Duane Strojny A new course on the schedule often allows a new opportunity to have librarians reach out to students. This semester, the Research and Writing Department is debuting a new required writing course titled “Advocacy.” The course … Continue reading

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What Librarians Can Do to Improve Bar Exam Outcomes

by Emily Siess Donnellan The National Jurist recently published an article that discusses various ways that institutions are re-tooling their curriculum to improve student outcomes on the bar and to get them practice ready. The article highlights a study that found … Continue reading

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Researching a Rumor: An Exercise for Students in Proving a Negative

by Nicole Downing I was having dinner with some friends from law school, when one of them complained about how a local restaurant charged for refills. She was furious about it! We live in the South – you should be … Continue reading

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A Haunting

by Christine Anne George It was a dark and stormy night in the library as three 1Ls crept along a hallway in ninth floor storage area and let themselves into a dusty study room. “This isn’t a good idea,” Sarah … Continue reading

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Helping ADD Students Succeed at Legal Research

by Lora Johns Lawyers have a split reputation. On the one hand, there’s Dr. Jekyll, Esq. He’s organized; he’s focused; he can write a motion to dismiss and record his billable hours down to the 6-minute increment with impeccable accuracy. … Continue reading

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Can Legal Research Be Taught? Part 2: Varieties of Relevance

by Paul Gatz In a previous post on this blog, I raised a question that many legal research instructors have perhaps wondered to themselves, in brief, silent moments of doubt and despair: can legal research actually be taught? This question … Continue reading

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