Tuesday, March 8, 2011

American Association of Law Libraries Task Force Outlines Law Student Legal Research Competencies

The AALL’s Law Student Research Competency Task Force has prepared draft legal research competency principles available here.  Just last week, the task force hosted a blog to track comments on the proposed standards.  A proposal from the task force will be submitted to the ABA Executive Board this April.

The draft competencies include the following principles:

1. A successful researcher should possess fundamental research skills.

2. A successful researcher should implement effective, efficient research strategies.

3. A successful researcher should critically evaluate legal and non-legal information and information sources.

4. A successful researcher should apply information effectively to resolve a specific issue or need.

5. A successful researcher should have an understanding of the ethics of information use and be able to distinguish between ethical uses and unethical uses of information. A successful researcher should understand the legal issues that arise from information discovery, use, and application. 

According to the charge to the task force: 
“Law Student Research Competency Standards might be used in law school curriculum discussions. They may be used in law firms as part of training programs. Research Competency Standards might also be used by bar admission committees to evaluate research skills of applicants and by the ABA to meet the learning outcomes in proposed standard 302.”

Hat tip Law Librarian Blog




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