Each semester, we offer a variety of research classes that focus on the practical skills you’ll need to do research for class or in practice. All of these sessions satisfy part of the Legal Practice Program’s Research Skills Workshop requirement (see the LP RSW instruction sheet for details).
The next set of sessions will be offered in June 2015.
Recent offerings include:
Agency Law: Rules, Regulations & More
Not all law is made in Congress. Focusing on the C.F.R. and the Federal Register, learn the basics of researching Federal Agency rules and regulations. (50 minutes)
Anatomy of a Lawsuit: What Happens Next?
Your client has a problem and friendly negotiation has failed. You need to be able to explain the various legal proceedings and steps involved in filing suit and taking it through trial and appeal. Can you? (50 minutes)
The Bluebook in Legal Practice
Uncomfortable with the Bluebook? Faced with writing a legal memorandum or other practice-related document? Come to one of these sessions focusing on this vital practice tool. (40 minutes)
Jurisdiction & Authority
In your memo to the court you tell the judge she is required to follow the holding in a particular case and are feeling pretty confident until the partner reviewing your work says “since when is a New Jersey trial court decision mandatory authority in New York?”
If you don’t know how to determine if a case is mandatory or merely persuasive authority in any given jurisdiction, you might want to sign up for this class. (50 minutes)
Note Taking for Legal Research
Addressing the importance of note-taking from the moment of receiving a research assignment through reporting back the findings, this workshop is full of valuable tips and techniques. (40 minutes)
Don’t just use the tip of the Google iceberg! Learn wild cards, phrases and connectors. Set up automatic Alerts. Check out Google Scholar and Google Books. (40 minutes)
Premium Legal Research Sources beyond Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & Westlaw Next
Learn about Hein Online, Fastcase, Smart Litigator and the other subscription databases that can help you now and, after you graduate, will still be available to you in the Mendik Library.
Reliable Free Online Sources of Legal Information
Come to this session and learn about FDsys, Congress.gov and eight other authoritative, important sources of Federal legal information that will help you both at school and in practice. (50 minutes)
Review of the Legislative Process
Focusing on the many steps needed to move a bill from concept to enactment, this class will explain why knowledge of this process is vital to anyone in law school or practice.
Often the quickest and easiest way to find the law – cases, statutes and regulations – is by using a secondary source such as a legal encyclopedia, treatise, monograph, law review article or legal newspaper. Come to this class to learn about these and other resources designed to make your legal researching life easier.
Starting a Federal Legal Research Project
How is the federal court system structured? How do the Federal Register and the C.F.R. interact? Know the differences between the U.S.C., the U.S.C.A. and the U.S.C.S.? Learn about the major sources used in Federal legal research. (50 minutes)
Starting a NY Legal Research Project
What is the NYCRR? Know the difference between McKinney’s and the C.L.S.? Get a quick overview of the major sources for researching New York legal questions. (50 minutes)
You are given an assignment and are told the answer is most likely to be found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now what do you do? Go to this class! (50 minutes)
Using Citators To Make Sure Your Research Is Up To Date
You’ve found the perfect case – how do you know it’s still good law? What else can a citator do for you? Come to this class and find out. (40 minutes)
One on One Research Appointments can be scheduled at any time of the year.
If you have a specific research question or problem that can’t be dealt with adequately within the framework of a scheduled class, or, if you would like to spend some time (10 or 15 minutes) talking with a Reference Librarian about any aspect of Legal Research, contact