Past legal research competency-related events


Creative Assessment: Connecting Legal Research Training and Instruction to Results
AALL Annual Meeting Program, July 2015

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AALL has adopted standards defining competency in legal research, but how can students' competency of those standards be measured? This program will examine and evaluate various forms of assessment that can be used to quantify the learning of those students whom librarians instruct or train. Forms of assessment to be discussed may include quizzes, presentations, practical exams, group work, and short-answer assignments, as well as the more traditional fact-pattern-based assessment.


Preparing students for practice - Employer Expectations for Legal Research Skills
LexisNexis Complimentary Webcast

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Monday, February 24, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Ensure law students master the research skills they need to meet employer expectations and succeed in practice. This session will provide faculty with current and useful information on the AALL Standards for Research Competencies and what employers expect from their interns and new associates just in time for your summer associate preparation classes. What are the current strengths and weaknesses among new interns/associates? What law students don’t know but should know about research? How can law schools and legal employers work together in this area? You will get a variety of perspectives from guest speakers, Sally Wise, Library Director, University of Miami School of Law; Elaine Egan, Manager, Department of Information & Knowledge Services, Shearman & Sterling; and Julie Jones, Federal Court Law Librarian.


Using the AALL Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competencies in Law Schools and Law Firms

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NALP Professional Development Institute, Fairmont Hotel, Wash., D.C.
Friday, December 13, 2013, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

This session will introduce the Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competencies , developed by the American Association of Law Libraries to guide the evaluation and training of law students and junior associates in the skills of legal research. The panelists will discuss the critical importance of accurate, efficient, and cost-effective legal research for the law firm's bottom line and reputation, different approaches to using the Principles and Standards as training and competency standards in law firm and law school environments, and practical strategies for implementing them in both settings.

Gail Partin, Associate Director of the Law Library & Law Librarian, Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Sally Wise, Director of the Law Library & Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law