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Legal Research Modules Introduction

Welcome to Prepare to Practice: Legal Research. This is a certification program that will be added to your transcript and can be added to your resume and LinkedIn accounts. It is developed to make legal research part of your law school experience. By completing the program, or any part of the program, you will be a better researcher which will save you time and effort in law school and in the practice of law. The tips learned here, by professional law librarians, will expand your understanding of the law and help you get to the heart of a problem as efficiently as possible.

Students may begin the certification program after completing Lawyering 1 and Lawyering 2, or upon approval by the library director.

Program Basics

The P2P program is a legal research certification program. It is made up of a series of online modules, in person lectures, and computer tutorials that will help you become proficient at legal research.

There are 6 mandatory classes or modules required for the completion of the program. You must also choose at least 6 of the Elective classes or workshops to complete the program. There will be approximately 8 to 10 elective classes taught each year. Upon completion of the modules and elective classes a legal research certification note will be added to your official transcript. All classes must be completed before graduation.

Mandatory classes/modules are designed to be taken in order, so after the completion of the first module, you may then move on to the second module. Modules are cumulative, so it is not advised to go out of order.

Intention to Begin Program

Please fill out the following form to indicate your intention to begin the Prepare to Practice Legal Research Certification Program.

Elective Classes and Workshop Attendance Questions

Please fill out the corresponding form for the elective class or workshop you attended:

Upcoming Workshops

The following workshops are planned for Spring '23. There will be additional opportunities for workshop credit throughout the semester. If you are signed up for the certification program you will receive an email letting you know about all upcoming workshops. They will also be announced in the school announcements emails and on the Boley website. All workshops will be presented twice, at 12:10 and meeting in LRC Room 6, and 4:30 meeting in Classroom #1.

Thursday, January 12th- Career Resources at the Library- Meredith Kostek

Thursday, February 9th- Litigation Analytics- Mari Cheney

Thursday, March 9th- Court Dockets- Jim Kite

Thursday, April 13th- Foreign Legal Citations- Kian Pakdel

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