Legal Research Certification, offered each spring by the Library at W&L Law, aims to provide students with skills and information they will need to research effectively in a practice setting during summers and following graduation. Upon successful completion of the one-day training program and a related certification test, students receive our institutional credential of legal research competency.
The program is open to all 1L, 2L, and 3L students. Throughout the morning, sessions taught by our professional librarians reinforce fundamental legal research methods and resources, including secondary materials, case law, statutory, and administrative law research. Efficient use of Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, and alternative online sources is also an important focus.
Beyond the instructional sessions, several experienced legal practitioners share their insights and tips for real-world legal research in a panel discussion with participants. Past panelists have included Senior Judge Rudolph Bumgardner III of the Virginia Court of Appeals; Jennifer Grace Dean ’12L, attorney at Virginia Immigration Law Center in Roanoke, Virginia; and Christopher B. Russell, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Buena Vista, Virginia and adjunct professor at W&L Law.
Following the program, students may take an optional test to qualify for the Legal Research Certificate, conferred by the Library at W&L Law. Certificate recipients to date are listed below. Questions about the program may be directed to Andrew Christensen, Faculty Services Librarian, at email@example.com.
Materials from the 2013 program may be found here: http://libguides.wlu.edu/effectiveresearch
Materials from the 2014 program may be found here: http://libguides.wlu.edu/researchcert2014
Atanasio “Tacho” Fernandez
Materials from the 2015 program may be found here: http://libguides.wlu.edu/researchcert2015