Legal research is a core competency identified by managing partners as vital to the effective practice of law. In practice, new lawyers will be called upon to perform legal research at the highest level to prepare for litigation, draft transactional documents, or advise clients. The program’s main focus is to communicate to incoming students that they can work from day one to become practice-ready for their internships, clerkships, or summer associate positions.
Going on its fifth year, the CLR Panel Discussion & Lunch brings together practicing attorneys, law clerks, summer associates, and law firm librarians to share their knowledge and experience with incoming law students and impress upon them the need to develop superior research skills not only to succeed in law school, but also to market themselves to potential employers, and excel in practice. In conjunction with the practical career advice offered by these panelists, upper level students who have completed the Certificate in Legal Research (CLR) program will discuss how these sessions prepared them for their summer positions. After the panel discussion, students are introduced to the CLR program and how these classes contribute to academic and professional success. Every year the CLR Panel Discussion & Lunch has been very well-attended. This panel discussion has translated into many students attending CLR classes and earning one or more of the library’s certificates in legal research.