Principle I, Standard B

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Principle I: A successful legal researcher possesses foundational knowledge of the legal system and legal information sources.


  1. An information-literate legal professional understands the similarities, differences, and interrelationships among and between United States federal, state, and local legal systems.


    1. Distinguishes between federal, state, and local systems of government; and understands the processes and the interrelationships among them on all levels.
    2. Knows which legal information is produced, organized, and disseminated across levels and branches of government.
    3. Identifies appropriate resources to locate the legislative, regulatory, and judicial law produced by the respective government bodies.
    4. Understands and distinguishes between different types of primary law sources, and the weight, reliability, and binding or persuasive authority of each source.