ARCHIVED: W-1 - Law for the Non-JD

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Law librarians who do not have a JD interact on a daily basis with attorneys, judges, law students, and law professors. An introduction to how these law-trained patrons approach legal problems on specific topics, including preliminary analysis and delineation of key issues, will benefit the librarian in his or her role of providing efficient and meaningful assistance. The program will also give the attendee an increased understanding of the role that attorneys play in the development and evolution of the law.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Describe the basic institutions of the American legal system.
  • Understand the basic analytical structure used in the study and practice of law.
  • Gain familiarity with the basic principles of legal reasoning and argument.
  • Understand the differences between statutory, case law, and regulatory governance.
  • Recognize the organizational framework of major practice areas.
  • Gain familiarity with the key research methods and resources for major practice areas.
  • Understand the role attorneys play in the development and evolution of law.

Program developed by Mary Hotchkiss, Lecturer in Law, University of Washington School of Law.

This program addresses the AALL Core Competencies for Law Librarians.  The complete AALL Statement of Competencies can be found at

This professional development opportunity is brought to you by the American Association of Law Libraries. For additional information, please contact Mary Jawgiel, AALL Education Manager, at 312-939-4764.

AALL recognizes major support from BNA, Inc. for the Professional Development Program.