Tuesday, May 31, 2016
The first thing I learned when I became a lawyer was the importance of research skills. There were many times in my legal career when I won a case because I had done better research than my opponent.
Today, many law librarians teach advanced or specialized legal research courses. Such courses can use the same experiential techniques as other law school courses.
A Golden Opportunity: Legal Research Simulation Courses by Leslie Ann Street & Shawn G. Nevers.
When the dust settled on the ABA’s most recent overhaul of its ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, librarians were met with a number of significant changes. While not as obviously relevant as the changes to the library standards, one change that intimately affects librarians teaching legal research is the addition of simulation courses to the standards. A subset of experiential courses, simulation courses seem like a ripe designation for advanced and specialized legal research courses. This article explores the experiential and simulation course standards and how two law libraries are applying these standards to legal research courses.