Wednesday, February 28, 2007

What Research Skills Do employers Really Want New Attorneys to Know ?

What research skills do your employers really want you to know before you start your summer or full time job?

According to “Top 10 Things Law Librarians Wish New Associates Would Know”, you should:

- “Know the basics. Civics 101 .... Know the difference between statutes and regulations”
- “Know that you should never, ever start your research with Lexis and Westlaw if you are clueless about the topic at hand.”
- “Know that efficiency in searching Lexis and Westlaw is essential.”

(Bobbi Cross, “Commentary” The Legal Intelligencer, Vol. 233 , No. 67, April 7, 2006. Article available on Westlaw at “Top Ten Things . . .” or use Find for 4/7/2006 Legal Intelligencer 7. )

To help you to be ready for your jobs, the Reference Librarians will present a series of 6 workshops in March -
“Top 10 Research Skills: What Employers Really Want New Attorneys to Know.”

During the first week :
1. “Know the Basics. Civics 101" will be on Monday, March 5, 5:10-6pm in Room 205 and repeated Tuesday, March 6, 12;10-1pm in Room 243.

2. “How to Use the Basics” will be on Wednesday, March 7, 1:10-2pm in Room 243 and repeated on Monday, March 12, 5:10-6pm in Room 242.

3. "Getting Background on your Topic" will be on Thursday, March 8, 3:10-4pm in Room 242 and repeated on Tuesday, March 13 at 12:10-1pm in Room 242.

Coming in week 2 is our special feature workshop. A law firm librarian and associate will come share their insights on Cost Efficient Research and other Law Practice Survival Tips on Wednesday, March 14.

No need to sign up. Come to as many of the 6 workshops as you can. Each workshop is independent, so if you miss earlier ones, you can still come to later ones.

For the full schedule of workshops, see the Schedule in the posting below.

If you have any questions, contact Lisa at or at 463-5392.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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