Library Research Classes

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).

All sessions will be held in Electronic Research Classroom L203 (Enter the Library and take the Library elevators down to L2).

Advance Registration required.

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)

Thurs, Oct 30, 5:00pm – 5:50pm
Wed, Nov 5, 5:00pm – 5:50pm

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)

Sat, Sept 13, 2:30pm – 3:20pm

Mon, Oct 6, 5:00pm – 5:50pm

Wed Oct 29, 5:00pm – 5:50pm

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)

Sat, Sept 6, 2:30pm – 3:10pm

Tues, Sept 9, 5:10 pm – 5:50 pm

Sat, Sept 20, 2:30pm – 3:10pm

Mon, Sept 29, 5:10pm – 5:50pm

Wed, Oct 8, 5:10pm – 5:50pm  

Thurs, Oct 16, 5:10pm – 5:50pm 

Sun, Nov 2, 2:00pm – 2:40pm 

Sat, Nov 8, 2:00pm – 2:40pm

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

Wed, Sept 3, 5:00pm – 5:50pm

Thurs, Sept 11, 5:00pm – 5:50pm

Sat, Nov 1, 2:00pm – 2:50pm

Sun, Nov 9, 2:00pm – 2:50pm

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)

Tues, Sept 2, 5:10pm – 5:50pm

Mon, Sept 8, 5:10pm – 5:50pm

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. (40 minutes)

Thurs, Sept 4, 5:10pm – 5:50pm

Wed, Sept 10, 5:10pm – 5:50pm

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)

Wed, Oct 22, 5:00pm – 5:50pm

Thurs, Nov 6, 5:00pm – 5:50pm  

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)

Thurs, Oct 2, 5:00pm – 5:50pm
Wed, Oct 15, 5:00pm – 5:50pm

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)

Thurs, Oct 9, 5:00pm – 5:50pm
Mon, Oct 20, 5:00pm – 5:50pm

Statutory Research

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)

Mon, Oct 27, 5:00pm – 5:50pm
Tues, Nov 4, 5:00pm – 5:50pm

Using KeyCite & Shepard’s To Update Your Research

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)

Wed, Oct 1, 5:10pm – 5:50pm
Mon, Oct 13, 5:10pm – 5:50pm
Thurs, Oct 23, 5:10pm – 5:50pm
Mon, Nov 3, 5:10pm – 5:50pm

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