Effective Research Strategies for the Practitioner
This course will take a very pragmatic approach to research. Students will learn the most effective and efficient methods for locating legal and other information typically sought by practicing attorneys, including fact research, business research, marketing and client development tools as well as legal research. The emphasis will be on locating information as quickly and cheaply as possible using whatever print, Internet, database or Lexis/Westlaw resource is most applicable to the information. Several guest lecturers including local practitioners and law firm librarians will be providing real-world research examples and solutions. The course is graded and evaluation is based on three research projects, there is no exam. The course will be taught in two class sessions per week during the first five weeks of the spring semester.