Friday, January 22, 2010

Do we need to re-think how legal research is taught?

Courtesy of the Law Librarian Blog:

It's common knowledge that that most law schools provide 'legal research instruction that is not only ineffective in teaching basic research skills but is potentially hazardous to students attempting to learn legal analysis' according to Sarah Valentine, Legal Research Coordinator and Associate Law Library Professor and CUNY School of Law.   In Legal Research as a Fundamental Skill: A Lifeboat for Students and Law Schools, Valentine argues that current legal research education needs to be reconceptualized "to become a synergistic first year course that supports the learning of doctrine and legal analysis, as well as necessary research skills in accordance with recent suggestions by the ABA, the authors of the Carnegie Report, and other legal commentators."

To say that law firm librarians hope the legal academy will spit out law school grads with some modicum of legal research skills some day would be quite an understatement. Recommended reading for academic law librarians and legal research and writing profs.

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I am the scholarship dude.


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