Research Instruction in Law School and Practice

Legal professionals acquire an understanding of legal research and develop proficiencies while in law school, but that awareness and those competencies require a lifelong commitment to skills acquisition and reinforcement in order to serve clients and organizations effectively and efficiently throughout one's career. AALL invites law schools, law firms, continuing legal education providers, and professional organizations to integrate these Principles and Standards into curricular development, instruction and training in meaningful ways that will result in more competent, effective, and efficient legal research. The information provided in this section focuses on the pedagogy of legal research instruction and learning outcomes.

Barbara Glesner Fines, Out of the Shadows: What Legal Research Instruction Reveals About Incorporating Skills Throughout the Curriculum, University of Missouri at Kansas City, School of Law, SSRN, 2012 and Journal of Dispute Resolution (Spring 2013).

Yasmin Sokkar Harker,  "Information Is Cheap, but Meaning Is Expensive": Building Analytical Skill into Legal Research Instruction, 105 Law Libr. J . 79 (2013)

Mary A. Lynch,The Top Ten Myths Concerning Student Learning Outcomes in Legal Education, Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 39 of 2011-2012, Albany Law School. (William Mitchell Law Review, forthcoming).

Second Conference on Legal Information: Scholarship and Teaching, The Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education: Signature Pedagogy Statement (July 10, 2010).

Dennis Kim-Prieto, How Law Student Information Literacy Standards Address Deficits Identified by the MacCrate Report and the Carnegie Report, and What They Can Contribute to Legal Research Education & Training, presented at the Conference on Legal Information: Scholarship and Teaching, held at the University of Colorado Law School on July 8-10, 2010, as part of its Boulder Summer Conference Series.

Conference on Legal Information: Scholarship and Teaching, The Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education(June 22, 2009).

Beau Steenken, Outcomes in the Balance: The Crisis in Legal Education as a Catalyst for Change, 19 AALL Spectrum 10 (April 2015).

Nancy B. Talley, AreYou Doing It Backward? Improving Information Literacy Instruction Using the AALL Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency, Taxonomies, and Backward Design, 106 Law Library Journal 1 (2014)

Rebecca Trammel, Technology, & Legal Research: What is Taught & What is Used in the Practice of Law (dissertation, 2015),

Todd Venie, Essential Research Skills for New Attorneys: A Survey of Academic and Practitioner Law Librarians(October 2015)

Gail A. Partin and Sally H. Wise. Hitting the Mark? AALL Legal Research Competencies: From Classroom to Practice, 20 AALL Spectrum 12 (March/April 2016).