Research Challenge 2015

The 2015 Summer Research Challenge is on!

This summer, let the NYLS librarians work with you to improve your research skills and help you learn more about tools you’ll need in practice.

Each session begins with a short introduction to the research area and then moves to 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 researchers who successfully 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 17, June 24, July 8, and July 15Time: 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 17: 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 24: NAVIGATING THE REGULATORY MAZE: RESEARCH IN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
You are 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?

 

July 8: RESEARCH ON THE ROAD TO TRIAL: DISCOVERY REQUESTS, EXPERT WITNESSES, JURY INSTRUCTIONS 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?

 

July 15: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE LAW: IDENTIFYING TOOLS AND STRATEGIES FOR RESEARCHING PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
You have never encountered international law issues in your practice – until now! Where do you start? How can you prepare to advise your client?