The AALL Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency provide a concrete framework for the assessment of competency that can be applied at any point on the continuum of a legal professional's career and in any specific field within the legal profession. Whether an organization evaluates law students, recent graduates, practicing attorneys, paralegals, or any one of a number of other professionals, the legal research competencies identify a set of skills that are essential and measurable.
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