Competency and Research Practices of Law Students and Lawyers

The importance of research competency and information literacy is widely acknowledged in disciplines within and beyond the legal community, as supported by academic research findings and studies documenting essential skills for the twenty-first century workplace. This literature shows notable evidence of lagging skills in many research-intensive areas, including the field of law. The material listed here includes reports, surveys, studies and research concerning the legal education and research competency of lawyers.

Changing Markets Create Opportunities: Emphasizing The Competencies Legal Employers Use In Hiring New Lawyers (Including Professional Formation/Professionalism), Neil W. Hamilton, South Carolina Law Review, Vol. 65, 2014, forthcoming.
Available on SSRN:

Susan C. Wawrose, What Do Legal Employers Want to See in New Graduates?: Using Focus Groups to Find Out, 39 Ohio Northern University L. Rev. 505 (2013).

Neil Hamilton, Law-Firm Competency Models and Student Professional Success: Building on a Foundation of Professional Formation/Professionalism, University of St. Thomas School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-22, forthcoming in University of St. Thomas Law Journal (December 10, 2013).

A Study of Attorneys' Legal Research Practices and Opinions of New Associates' Research Skills, Task Force on Identifying Skills & Knowledge for Legal Practice, AALL Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (June 2013).
Task Force Materials:

Steven A. Lastres, Rebooting Legal Research in a Digital Age, The Research Intelligence Group (TRiG), survey funded by LexisNexis (2012).

2012 Law Firms in Transition: An Altman Weil Flash Survey, contributing authors Thomas S. Clay and Eric A. Seeger. Altman Weil, Inc., 2012.

Judith Welch Wegner, Carnegie Report Reveals New Challenges, Fresh Possibilities for Law Librarians. 13 AALL Spectrum 20 (February 2009)

A.B.A. Section of Legal Educ. & Admissions To The Bar, Report of the Outcome Measures Committee 13-15 (July 27, 2008).

Anne Ellis, Attorney and Student Research Skills: Ideal vs. Reality , Thomson West Town Hall Meeting at AALL, Research Skills for Lawyers and Law Students (2007)

Best Practices for Legal Education, Roy Stuckey and Others. Clinical Legal Education Association, 2007.

William M. Sullivan et al., Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Practice of Law (2007) (hereinafter, Carnegie Report).

Core Legal Research Competencies: A Compendium of Skills and Values as Defined in the ABA's MacCrate Report: A Report by the American Association of Law Libraries' Research Instruction Caucus, prepared by the Subcommittee on Research Certification, edited by Ellen M. Callinan (July 1997).

A.B.A. Section Of Legal Educ. & Admissions To The Bar, Legal Education And Professional Development-An Educational Continuum: Report Of The Task Force On Law Schools And The Profession: Narrowing The Gap (1992). (MacCrate Report)

BARBRI, State of the Legal Field Survey : Insights from BARBRI’s first annual survey of law students, law school faculty and attorneys (2015),