Legal Research Fellows Summer Practicum

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Professional Skills
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General Enrollment Course

Participants in this course will sharpen and refine basic research skills learned during prior legal research courses. With supervision from librarian, course instructors, students will learn to evaluate research problems, develop research strategies and communicate search results to faculty members. Fellows may draft memos, generate spreadsheets or develop bibliographies to communicate the results of legal and interdisciplinary research projects to faculty members.

Research Fellows will encounter a diversity of research requests just as an associate would receive a variety of assignments in a law firm setting. Fellows will have an opportunity to directly interact with faculty members. During the weekly class, course instructors will discuss essential print and electronic legal research tools, including suggestions on how to best utilize Lexis and Westlaw and other legal databases for research projects. Students will also share research problems and work together to generate solutions.