Legal Research Competency

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The American Association of Law Libraries asserts that the Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency are applicable and desirable across the legal profession and beyond the law school experience. AALL invites librarians, law schools, law firms, continuing legal education providers, and relevant organizations in the legal profession to engage in the implementation of these Principles and Standards in meaningful ways that will result in more competent, effective, and efficient legal research, thus impacting the bottom line and provision of legal services positively. This section offers opportunities to read about legal research competency, to share assessment examples and best practices.

The challenge to each entity within the legal profession – including law schools, CLE providers, bar examiners, paralegal and law office administrator associations, law firms, and others – is to embrace legal research competency as a necessary skill and to incorporate these standards and competencies into its own performance measures.


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