Assessing Legal Research Competency: Bridging the Gap between Law School and Practice (F2)

Date + Time: Monday, July 15, 2019: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Speakers: Jennifer Davitt, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Nicole Downing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Kelly A. McGlynn, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Taryn Rucinski, U.S. Court of International Trade

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In this program, participants will hear from academic, firm, government, and court librarians about how they teach and assess legal research competencies. Panelists will discuss how to create effective assessments of law student competency informed by the AALL Principles and Standards and how law librarians in practice are assessing law student and new attorney legal research competencies. Sample assessments from different types of law libraries will be shown to demonstrate the similarities and differences as to how assessment is occurring in different types of institutions. Panelists will then review the gaps in legal research competencies for new lawyers based on the ways that assessments are conducted in various settings, and will discuss how to bridge these gaps in legal research instruction so that students are better prepared for practice upon graduation. Participants will have time to discuss and collaborate with colleagues about how to better design assessments and learning modules to meet the identified needs.

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