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Charting a New Course: A Foray into Instructional Design

by Ashley Ahlbrand In my last post, I mentioned that I have started taking courses to earn my certificate in instructional design. I received a lot of feedback on this and thought I would post periodically on the topic. I … Continue reading

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On the Value of eTextbooks, and a shameless plug

by Beau Steenken I recently returned to my office after six weeks of parental leave. Among the veritable horde of mailings awaiting my return was the July-September issue of Legal Reference Services Quarterly. In it, I found a very persuasive … Continue reading

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What We Think About When We Think About Being A 1L

by Amy Taylor During the first month of each fall semester, I spend a lot of time thinking about what it’s like to be a 1L. My own memories are of being overwhelmed and confused – struggling with briefing cases, … Continue reading

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Legal Research “Junk Drawer,” or, Advanced Factual Research

by: Ashley Ahlbrand No two legal research courses are exactly alike. Some focus on process, perhaps developed around one or two hypotheticals throughout the semester; others are bibliographic, with an aim to demonstrate a vast array of sources. Some flip … Continue reading

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The Importance of Legal Research Skills for Practice

by Jamie Baker, Texas Tech University School of Law Library Nearly all law schools are focusing on preparing “practice-ready” graduates. This approach to legal education was advanced in the 1990’s with the McCrate Report , and it has really taken hold … Continue reading

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Too Crowded? The Pros and Cons of Crowdsourcing Legal Research

A few weeks ago, I gave a lecture in our Advanced Legal Research course on free and low-cost legal research. This is not a new lecture topic for me. Typically, we focus on Fastcase and Casemaker for the low-cost resources, … Continue reading

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Even Supreme Court Opinions Change

I was incredulous when I read Harvard law professor Richard J. Lazarus’ forthcoming article, The (Non) Finality of Supreme Court Opinions. In the article, Lazarus states that “the [Supreme Court] Justices routinely correct mistakes in majority and separate opinions relating … Continue reading

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