Having first-rate research skills is a necessity in today’s legal job market. As you’re registering for the spring semester consider developing those skills through some of the specialized research courses taught by the law librarians at the Cornell Law Library. Course descriptions and names of the instructors are listed below:

LAW 6085 Law Practice Technology
Spring, 1 credit. Instructors: Femi Cadmus, Dan Blackaby,  and Carissa Vogel
This course introduces and investigates the use of current technologies in law firm practice.

LAW 6514 International and Foreign Legal Research
Spring, 2 credits. Instructor: Thomas Mills
The practice of law continues to become ever more dependent upon a clear understanding of the global context in which it occurs. This course provides an overview of sources, methods, and strategies for researching international and foreign law. Topics to be covered include the various legal systems of the world, public and private international law, the European Union, and the United Nations. The course will be delivered through lectures and hands-on exercises. Selected readings will be available online and on reserve; there is no required textbook. There will be a series of assignments and a final research project in lieu of a final exam. Foreign language ability is not required.

LAW 6739 Online Legal Research and Resources
Spring, 1 credit. Instructor: Amy Emerson
Take your research skills beyond the basics of Lawyering. This course provides an overview of the resources, methods, and strategies necessary to conduct efficient and effective online legal research for upper level courses and employment. Students will learn when and how to use various databases while considering their relationship to each other and to traditional print sources. The course will be delivered through interactive lectures and hands- on exercises. Internet access will be provided in the classroom. Selected readings will be available through the course website and on reserve; there is no required textbook. There will be a series of assignments and a final research project tailored to students’ individual interests.


The Law library is hosting an open house for all students on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 11:00am-1:00pm, in the Gould Reading Room. Library resources and services will be featured at stations throughout the room, including:

• An introduction to “hidden” online databases;
• Information regarding personalized research consultations;
• An overview of upper level research classes;
• Our open access repository of Cornell student and faculty scholarship;
• Demonstrations of our library catalog and interlibrary loan services;
• A rare book display;
• And more.

Students who visit every station will receive a library pen and be entered in a grand prize drawing to win their choice of two round trip Campus-to-Campus bus tickets to New York City, or a limousine wine tour for 2-4 people. Other prize drawings will feature $25 gift certificates to local businesses including Gimme! Coffee, Cinemapolis, and Purity Ice Cream. Drawings will occur at 1pm; students need not be present to win.

A book sale will be held simultaneously with the open house. All books will be available for $1 at the East end of the Reading Room.

Join us for some quick, informative fun and snag a seasonal snack from Cornell Orchards!

CUL logoWe are in the thick of the spring semester, and you have papers and projects underway.  You may find that you could benefit from an hour or two of a workshop to gain some research skills or database finesse, for sources not strictly legal.  All across campus, workshops are offered by various libraries at Cornell.  Topics range from managing data sets to business research, from statistical databases to PowerPoint.

Click here to register and to see details on workshops offered:

You can also request a consultation with a research attorney for specialized legal research help by filling out this online form.

Iantha Haight teachingHaving top notch skills is invaluable in today’s job market, so the law librarians are offering three courses in the spring semester to help you hone those skills:

Business Law Research and Online Legal Research: Free Sources meet for just 6 ½ weeks at the beginning of the semester.  International and Foreign Legal Research meets all semester.  You can read full descriptions and contact the course instructor for more information to help you make your choice.  See why so many law students say their advanced legal research course was the most practical course they had in law school!

You can gain vital research skills for your career with one of the six courses offered next year by the Research Attorneys.  Most of the courses last just 6½ weeks – you have room in your schedule for that!  Take your pick from:

  • Administrative Law Research (one credit)
  • Business Law Research (one credit)
  • International and Foreign Legal Research (two credits)
  • Online Legal Research:  Free Sources (one credit)
  • Online Legal Research:  Subscription Sources (one credit)
  • U.S. Legal Research for LL.M. Students (one credit)

You can read full descriptions and contact the course instructor for more information.

Next year the three-credit Advanced Legal Research seminar will not be offered.  So take advantage of this large number of research options in a course or two of your choice.  The skills and confidence you will gain are invaluable!

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