Principle I: A successful legal researcher possesses foundational knowledge of the legal system and legal information sources.
- An information-literate legal professional understands the similarities, differences, and interrelationships among and between United States federal, state, and local legal systems.
- Distinguishes between federal, state, and local systems of government; and understands the processes and the interrelationships among them on all levels.
- Knows which legal information is produced, organized, and disseminated across levels and branches of government.
- Identifies appropriate resources to locate the legislative, regulatory, and judicial law produced by the respective government bodies.
- Understands and distinguishes between different types of primary law sources, and the weight, reliability, and binding or persuasive authority of each source.