Research Challenge 2016

The 2016 Summer Research Challenge is on!

This summer, let us work with you to improve your research skills using the tools you’ll need in practice.
Each session begins with a short introduction followed by a concrete research problem where you need to efficiently identify the law bearing on your client’s situation. We wrap up with refreshments and discuss results and strategies.

Attend whichever sessions most interest you, but those who complete all four will receive a certificate signed by both Associate Dean William LaPiana and Associate Dean & Library Director Camille Broussard recognizing this achievement – a great practical skill certification for your resume.

Dates: Wednesdays June 8, June 15, June 22, and June 29

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (approximate end time)

Location: Mendik Library Electronic Research Classroom L203

Advance registration is required. To register, click on the link(s) for the desired class(es) and follow the onscreen instructions.

June 8: RESEARCHING CONGRESSIONAL DOCUMENTS: STATUTES AND LEGISLATIVE HISTORY
You just started working this week as a summer intern and your boss asked you to prepare a legislative history of a recent federal law. You don’t know where to begin, but you have a meeting scheduled with her later today . . .

 

June 15: NAVIGATING THE REGULATORY MAZE: RESEARCH IN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
You’re working on a response to a major regulatory action affecting a valuable client. Your supervising attorney just told you that the client will not pay Lexis or Westlaw charges without prior approval. Can you make informed and effective choices from among free sources and fee-based sources?

 

June 22: RESEARCH ON THE ROAD TO TRIAL: EXPERTS, JURIES, DISCOVERY, AND MORE 
The trial date for your client’s case is fast approaching and much of the pre-trial prep remains to be done. How are you going to find all these things and where do you even begin to search?

 

June 29: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE LAW: TOOLS AND STRATEGIES FOR  INTERNATIONAL LAW RESEARCH
You’ve never encountered international law issues in your practice – until now! Where do you start? How can you prepare to advise your client?