Principle I, Standard A

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Principle I: A successful legal researcher possesses foundational knowledge of the legal system and legal information sources.

Standard:

  1. An information-literate legal professional considers the full range of potential sources of information, regardless of type or format.

    Competencies:

    1. Differentiates between primary and secondary sources, and recognizes how their use and importance vary depending upon the legal problem or issue.
    2. Identifies and uses the most effective secondary sources to obtain background information, to gain familiarity with terms of art, and to put primary sources in context.
    3. Recognizes differences in the weight of authority among sources and applies that knowledge to the legal research problem.