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Do you have the legal research skills you need to start work?

Each year UNC law librarians host a series of lunchtime classes to help students hone their legal research skills as they prepare for summer and first-year jobs. These sessions focus on practical research skills that law students will need on their first day of work at a firm, court, government agency, in-house, or elsewhere.

This year's Prep for Practice sessions will include:

Cost-Efficient Legal Research

(Wednesday, April 1, 2015)

The presenters will provide an overview of the leading databases of subscription, low-cost, and free legal resources for conducting cost-efficient legal research as part of an overall research strategy. Sample problems will show when resources should be used, how low-cost tools can be used with the likes of WestlawNext and Lexis Advance, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. A handout will be distributed listing the best free and low-cost websites for legal information.

Practitioner-Oriented Research Tools

(Thursday, April 2, 2015)

Research in American law often involves a maze of intersecting primary law, including federal and state court opinions, statutes, and administrative rules. Even experienced lawyers need help applying primary law effectively, but new attorneys even more so. This session is about practitioner-oriented secondary sources that help bridge the experience gap, helping new attorneys access and apply the law effectively. This session will cover how to use these resources and tools - document management systems, forms, deskbooks and treatises, and court and local rules - through several real-world examples. It will also include a handout on when and how to use these resources and where to find them.

All sessions are held from 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. in Room 3025.

We look forward to seeing you in April! Please contact the Reference Desk for more information or register online at

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