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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.)
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)
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.)
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