Teaching in Law Libraries/Teaching Legal Research (encompassing all topics related to teaching)

Sharon M. Abrahams, Librarians Training Lawyers, 90 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 71 (Winter 1998). 

American Association of Law Libraries, Research Instruction and Patron Services (RIPS), National Legal Research Teach-In materials (published every year)

For more information, see http://www.aallnet.org/sis/ripssis/teach_in.htm

American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education, Teaching for Better Learning: Adult Education in CLE (American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education, 1999).

Filippa Marullo Anzalone, Advanced Legal Research: A Master Class, 5 No. 1 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 5 (Fall 1996).

Pauline M. Aranas, Who Should Teach CALR? Vendors, Librarians, or Both?, 8 no. 2 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 85 (Winter 2000).

Paul A. Arrigo, Taking Time for Legal Research Instruction at the Reference Desk, 19 no. 1/2  LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 75 (2001).

Pegeen G. Bassett et al, Teaching Federal Legislative History: Notes from the Field,


Lillian Bjarnson MacPherson, Legal Research Skills and the Lecture Method, 18 CANADIAN LAW LIBRARIES 54 (April 1993).

Jackie Brocklebank, Developing Teaching Skills for Academic Support Staff (Report of a Workshop for Librarians and Information Specialists at Aston University), 29 no. 4 LAW LIBRARIAN 245 (Dec. 1998).

Kelly Browne, Adult Learning: An Oxymoron? 6 AALL SPECTRUM 18 (November 2001).(also available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/pub_sp0111.pdf)        

Ellen M. Callinan, How to Take Charge of Your Training Room, 3 no. 1 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 8 (Fall 1994).

Ellen M. Callinan, Simulated Research: A Teaching Model for Academic and Private Law Librarians, 1 no. 1 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 6  (August 1992).

Angela Caputo, Four Pointers to Effective Use of Powerpoint in Teaching, 10 no. 3 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 132  (Spring 2002).  

Spencer E. Clough and Mary G. Persyn, How to Display Effectively in the Classroom: Critiquing the Tools, 3 no. 3 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 78  (Spring 1995).

David W. Champagne, Improving Your Teaching: How Do Students Learn? 83 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 85 (Winter 1991).

Herbet E. Cihak, Teaching Legal Research: A Proactive Approach, 19 no. 3/4 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 27 (2001).

Charles S. Claxton & Patricia H. Murrell, Education for Development: Principles and Practices in Judicial Education (Judicial Education Reference, Information and Technical Transfer Project, 1992).

Eileen B. Cohen , Teaching Legal Research to a Diverse Student Body, 85 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 583 (Summer 1993).

Eileen B.Cohen, Using Cognitive Learning Theories in Teaching Legal Research, 1 no. 3 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 79  (April 1993).

Jean Davis et al, Perspectives on Teaching Foreign and International Legal Research, 19 no. 3/4 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 55 (2001).

Laura Olsen Dugan, Successful Presentations (Or, How to Avoid a Public Speaking Nightmare,  2 AALL SPECTRUM 4 (May 1998). (also available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/pub_sp9805.pdf)

Amy J. Eaton, Teaching Legal Research in the Law Firm Library, 19 no. 3/4  LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 47 (2001).

Ronda Fisch, Training Attorneys: How to Get Them to Attend Training Sessions and Come Back for More,  13 no. 1 PLL PERSPECTIVES 7 (Fall 2001).(available at http://www.aallnet.org/sis/pllsis/newslett/fall01.pdf)

Carol Furnish, Evaluating Electronic Instruction Services, 18 no. 4  LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 7 (2001).

W. David Gay and Jim Jackson, Creating and Using Web Resources to Train Attorneys: An Experience with the State Bar, 19 no.1/2  LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 57 (2001).

Paul George and Phyllis Askey, Creating a Web-Based Staff Orientation Program, 5 AALL SPECTRUM 10 (February 2001). (also available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/pub_sp0102.pdf)       

Kristin B. Gerdy, Making the Connection: Learning Style Theory and the Legal Research Curriculum, 19 no.3-4 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 71 (2001)

Kristin B. Gerdy, Teacher, Coach, Cheerleader, and Judge: Promoting Learning through Learner-Centered Assessment, 94 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 59 (Winter 2002).(also available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/2002-04.pdf)

Claire M. Germain, Teaching Legal Research to Nonlawyers: The Duke Program, 8 no. 1/2 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 247 (1988).

Perry M. Goldberg and Marci Rothman Goldberg, Putting Legal Research into Context: A Nontraditional Approach to Teaching Legal Research, 86 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 823 (Fall 1994).

Pearl Goldman, Legal Education and Technology: An Annotated Bibliography, 93 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 423 (Summer 2001).(also available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/2001_21.pdf)

Pam Gregory, Librarian Trainer/An Evolution, 2 AALL SPECTRUM 4 (April 1998).(also available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/pub_sp9804.pdf)

Ann Hemmens, Advanced Legal Research Courses: A Survey of ABA-Accredited Law Schools, Law Library Journal, 94 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 209 (Spring 2002).(also available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/2002-17.pdf)

Gary L. Hill, Survey on Legal Research Instruction,  BRIEFS IN LAW LIBRARIANSHIP SERIES no. 2 (July 1998).

Peter A. Hook, Creating an Online Tutorial and Pathfinder, 94 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 243 (Spring 2002). (also available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/2002-18.pdf)

Mary A. Hotchkiss , Toolbox for Teaching, 93 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 405 (Summer 2001).  

Barbara Bevis Houston, Practice Pointer…A Checklist for Evaluating Online Searching Skills; Or, When to Take Off the Training Wheels, 3 no. 1 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 13 (Fall 1994).

Brian Huddleston, Trial by Fire…Creating a Practical Application Research Exam, 7 no. 3 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 99 (Spring 1999).

Joyce Manna Janto and Lucinda D. Harrison-Cox, Teaching Legal Research: Past and Present, 84 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 281 (Spring 1992).

S. Blair Kauffman, Advanced Legal Research Courses: A New Trend in American Legal Education, 6 no. 3-4 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 123 (1986).

Deborah M. Keene and Holliday Gordon, Law Library Tours in an  Information Age: Format, Effectiveness and Function, 19 no. 1/2 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 99 (2001).

James B. Levy, The Cobbler Wears No Shoes: A Lesson for Research Instruction, 51 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 39 (March 2001).

James B. Levy, Escape to Alcatraz: What Self-Guided Museum Tours Can Show Us About Teaching Legal Research, 44 NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL LAW REVIEW 387 (2001).

Lexis-Nexis, Lessons in Legal Research: A Manual for Instructors (Lexis-Nexis, 2002).

Michael J. Lynch, An Impossible Task But Everybody Has to Do It: Teaching Legal Research in Law Schools, 89 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 415 (Summer 1997).

Elizabeth McKenzie, Using Adaptive Technology to Provide Access to Blind, Low-Vision and Dyslexic Patrons, 90 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 157 (Spring 1998).

Colleen McCarroll, Teaching Research in Private Law Libraries, 12 LEGAL INFORMATION ALERT 6 (July-August 1993).

Margaret McDermott, Staffing the Reference Desk: Improving Service through Cross-Training and Other Programs, 19 no. 1/2 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 207 (2001).

Thomas Michael McDonnell, Joining Hands and Smarts: Teaching Manual Legal Research through Collaborative Learning Groups, 40 JOURNAL OF  LEGAL EDUCATION 363 (1990).

Judith Meadows et al, Teaching Legal Research in a Government Library, 19 no. 3/4 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 41 (2001).

Marcia Mentkowski et al, Ability-Based Learning and Judicial Education: An Approach to Ongoing Professional Development (Judicial Education Reference, Information and Technical Transfer Project, 1998)

Cynthia Murphy, Orientation Programs in Law Firm Libraries: Three Case Studies, 17 CANADIAN LAW LIBRARIES 11 (February 1992).

Chris Olson , Understanding Color As a Design Element, 2 no. 1 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 10   (Fall 1993).  

Joan Pedzich, Paraprofessionals at the Reference Desk: Training and Documentation
; Presented at a Recent AALL Conference

Theodore Potter, A New Twist on an Old Plot: Legal Research Is a Strategy, Not a Format, 92 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 287 (Summer 2000).(also available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/2000_25.pdf)

Paul Richert, Oral Competence Testing in Legal Research Techniques, 77 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 731 (Fall 1985).

Caron Rollins, Legal Research Skills and Collaborative Learning, 18 CANADIAN LAW LIBRARIES 56 (April 1993).

Peter C. Schank, Mandatory Advanced Legal Research: A Viable Program for Law Schools? 92 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL  295 (Summer 2000).(also available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/2000_26.pdf)

Dennis S. Sears, The Teaching of First-Year Legal Research Revisited: A Review and Synthesis of Methodologies, 19 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 5 (2001).

Terry Jean Seligmann and Michael J. Lynch, Beyond “Bingo!”: Educating Legal Researchers As Problem Solvers, 26 WILLIAM MITCHELL LAW REVIEW 179  (2000).

Helen S. Shapo, Implications of Cognitive Theory for Teaching, 1 no. 3 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 77 (April 1993).

Joan Shear, Using Trash to Teach Legal Research, 12 no. 4 READER SERVICES LAW LIBRARIAN 8 (June 1990)(also at 3 INTEGRATED LEGAL RESEARCH 27 (Winter 1990-91)).

Joan Shear and Kelly Browne, Which Legal Research Text Is Right for You?, 10 no.1 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 10 (Fall 2001). (also available at http://www.westgroup.com/pdf/perspec/fall20018.pdf)

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Designing and Teaching Advanced Legal Research and Writing Courses, 33 DUSQUESNE LAW REVIEW 203 (1995).

Lorne Sossin, Discourse Politics: Legal Research and Writing’s Search for a Pedagogy of Its Own, 29 NEW ENGLAND LAW REVIEW 883 (1995).

Kory D. Staheli, Evaluating Legal Research Skills: Giving Students the Motivation They Need, 3 no. 3 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 74 (Spring 1995).

Kory D. Staheli, Motivating Law Students to Develop Competent Legal Research Skills: Combating the Negative Finding of the Howland and Lewis Survey, 13 no. 1-2 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY 201 (1994)

Bobbie Studwell, End User Electronic Competencies, 3 AALL SPECTRUM 3 (October 1998). http://www.aallnet.org/products/pub_sp9810.pdf)

David A. Thomas, Full-Time Teaching—Doing Less? 93 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 418 (Summer 2001).

Jane Thompson, Teaching Research to Faculty: Accommodating Cultural and Learning Style Differences, 88 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 280  (Spring 1996).

Nancy Tuohy, The Librarian’s Place in the Life of the Summer Associate,  AALL SPECTRUM 14 ( March 2001).(also available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/pub_sp0103.pdf)

Marilyn R. Walter, Retaking Control over Teaching Research, 43 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 569 (December 1993).

Lindal Will, The Law Firm Librarian As Teacher: Slouching toward 2000, 6 no. 1 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 14 (Fall 1997).

Thomas A. Woxland, Why Can’t Johnny Research? Or It All Started with Christopher Langdell, 81 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 451 (Summer 1989).

Christopher Wren and Jill Robinson Wren, The Teaching of Legal Research, 80 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 7 (Winter 1988).


AALL Spectrum (selected available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/pub_spectrum.asp)

Law Library Journal (selected materials available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/pub_journal.asp and Westlaw)

Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing (selected articles available at http://www.westgroup.com/customerservice/newsletters/perspectives/default.asp and Westlaw)

Legal Reference Services Quarterly  (selected Table of Contents available at http://www.haworthpressinc.com/store/TOC.asp?sku=J113)    

RIPS Law Librarian (available at http://www.aallnet.org/sis/ripssis/newsletter.html)


AALL Professional Development Committee


§         AALL Core Competencies, No. 6 Teaching


§         Writing Learning Outcomes

      http://www.aallnet.org/prodev/outcomes (to be used as guidelines for 

       AALL proposals, but could be applied in other contexts)

§         ListServ Discussion http://www.aallnet.org/prodev/listserv.asp

February 7 - 18, 2000 "Coordinating Legal Research Training" : Moderated by  

      Nancy McMurrer, University of Washington & Rachel Jones, Dickstein, Shapiro, 

      Morin & Oshinsky

      November 9-23, 1998 "End-User Electronic Competencies" : moderated by  

      Bobbie Studwell, Associate Dean of Library and Information Service, Thomas M.

      Cooley Law School Library

AALL  Research Instruction/Patron Services (RIPS)  SIS


ARL/OLMS Training Skills Support Site (provides resources for developing training programs)


Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) for Law Librarians, http://www.cali.org/librarians.html (licensed resource)

Law Librarians Society of DC (chapter of AALL), Legal Research Training Focus Group, Web Tutorial Links (great articles and links for doing online tutorials) http://www.llsdc.org/lrfocus/tutorials.htm

Lexis-Nexis Summer Associates Toolkit http://www.lexisnexis.com/infopro/events/SummerAssociates/2001/sa2001.shtml

LLRX, http://www.llrx.com

(often has good articles and sources on teaching/training)


NELLCO Resource Sharing Database http://www.nellco.org/LegalResources.cfm       

Richert (University of Akron School of Law Library), An Internet Hotlist of Law Guides Organized by Subject http://www3.uakron.edu/law/richert/index1.html

Virtual Chase: Legal Research on the Internet-Internet Trainers’ Stop and Swap http://www.virtualchase.com/

Westlaw http://lawschool.westlaw.com

Faculty http://lawschool.westlaw.com/faculty/mainpage.asp?mainpage=3

Law Librarians http://lawschool.westlaw.com/faculty/lawlib.asp


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