Library Research Classes

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).

Advance Registration is required. If you register for a session and cannot attend, please remember to cancel your reservation. If no one registers for a class by the date on which it is scheduled to be taught, that class will be canceled. 

To register, please click on the date and the time of the session you wish to attend.

Agency Law: Rules, Regulations & More

Not all law is made in Congress. Focusing on the CFR and Federal Register, learn the basics of researching Federal Agency rules and regulations. (50 minutes)

5:00pm – 5:50pm, Monday, February 29, 2016

7:50pm – 8:40pm, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

 

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)

5:00pm – 5:50pm, Tuesday, February 16, 2016

4:15pm – 5:05pm, Saturday, February 20, 2016

10:00am – 10:50am, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

2:00pm – 2:50pm, Friday, April 1, 2016

10:00am – 10:50am, Tuesday, April 5, 2016

 

The Bluebook in Legal Practice
Uncomfortable with the Bluebook and faced with writing a legal memoranda or other practice-related document? Come to one of these sessions focusing on using this vital legal practice tool. (50 minutes)

10:00am – 10:50am, Thursday, February 18, 2016

5:00pm – 5:50pm, Monday, March 14, 2016

2:00pm – 2:50pm, Saturday, March 26, 2016

 

I Found a Statute, Now What?
Finding a relevant statutory section is like finding the combination to a vault.  This class will show you how to unlock the vault in order to find all of the other sources you will need — cases, regulations, secondary materials — to complete your research project.(50 minutes)

7:50pm – 8:40pm, Wednesday, February 24, 2016

2:00pm – 2:50pm, Friday, March 4, 2016

10:00am – 10:50am, Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2:00pm – 2:50pm, Sunday, April 3, 2016

 

Introduction to Federal Legal Research
What are Jurisdiction and Authority and why are they vitally important?  How is the federal court system structured? How do the FR and CFR interact? Know the differences between the USC, the USCA and the USCS? Learn about the major sources used in Federal legal research. (50 min)

10:00am – 10:50am, Tuesday, February 23, 2016

2:00pm – 2:50pm, Sunday, February 28, 2016

10:00am – 10:50am, Thursday, March 3, 2016

10:00am – 10:50am, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

 

Introduction to NY Legal Research
What is the NYCRR? What’s the difference between McKinney’s and the CLS?  What are Jurisdiction and Authority and why are they vitally important?  Get a quick overview of the major sources used in researching New York legal questions. (50 minutes)

10:00am – 10:50am, Thursday, February 25, 2016

4:15pm – 5:05pm, Saturday, February 27, 2016

7:50pm – 8:40pm, Wednesday, March 16, 2016

5:00pm – 5:50pm, Monday, March 28, 2016

10:00am – 10:50am, Thursday, March 31, 2016

 

Is All Your Research Up to Date?
You have found the perfect case – how do you know it is still good law? What else can a citator do for you? Come to this class and find out. (50 minutes)

7:50pm – 8:40pm, Wednesday, February 17, 2016

10:00am – 10:50am, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

2:00pm – 2:50pm, Friday, March 18, 2016

2:00pm – 2:50pm, Saturday, April 2, 2016

 

The Legal Researcher’s Secret Weapon: Secondary Sources
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. (50 minutes.)

5:00pm – 5:50pm, Monday, February 22, 2016

10:00am – 10:50am, Thursday, March 17, 2016

2:00pm – 2:50pm, Sunday, March 20, 2016

7:50pm – 8:40pm, Wednesday, March 30, 2016

10:00am – 10:50am, Thursday, April 7, 2016

 

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. (50 minutes)

2:00pm – 2:50pm, Friday, February 19, 2016

2:00pm – 2:50pm, Sunday, February 21, 2016

7:50pm – 8:40pm, Wednesday, March 2, 2016

5:00pm – 5:50pm, Monday, March 21, 2016

 

Power Googling

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. (50 min.)

2:00pm – 2:50pm, Friday, February 26, 2016

10:00am – 10:50am, Thursday, March 24, 2016

5:00pm – 5:50pm, Monday, April 4, 2016

 

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

Michael McCarthy
Head of Reference Services & Professor of Legal Research
Mendik Library, L202.1
212.431.2384