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Certificate in Legal Research Program

The Certificate in Legal Research program is a free program created and taught by the librarians here at the Sturm College of Law. The program provides students with the research skills necessary for success in class, internships, externships, summer associate positions, or for your first position as a new attorney. The Certificates are a great resume builder and topic of discussion during the interview process.

The classes are open to any student interested in improving research and practice-oriented skills. Topics cover a wide range of areas and will provide an excellent grounding as you begin to combine the knowledge gained in school with the actual practice of law. Students are free to attend as few or as many classes as desired and are under no obligation to complete the requirements for a Certificate. However, to receive a Certificate students must attend classes and complete assignments as per the Certificate requirements.

There are three Certificates offered through the program: 1) Certificate in Basic Legal Research; 2) Certificate in Advanced Legal Research, 3) Certificate in Advanced Legal Research with a concentration in International Legal Research. Classes for the Certificate in Basic Legal Research are offered in the Fall Semester. Classes for the Certificates in Advanced Legal Research are offered in the Spring.

Requirements for the Certificate in Basic Legal Research

To earn the Certificate in Basic Legal Research, a student must:

1. Attend eight basic legal research classes;

2. Complete the post-class assignment for the eight (8) courses attended; and

3. Submit the post-class assignment by the specified deadline.

Requirements for the Certificate in Advanced Legal Research

To earn the Certificate in Advanced Legal Research, a student must:

1. Attend ten advanced legal research classes;

2. Complete the post-class assignment for the ten (10) courses attended; and

3. Submit the post-class assignment by the specified deadline.

Requirements for the Certificate in Advanced Legal Research with a concentration in International Legal Research

To earn the Certificate in International Legal Research, a student must:

1. Attend all seven of the International Law Research Classes offered plus three of the other advanced legal research classes (10 classes in all);

2. Complete the post-class assignment for the ten (10) courses attended; and

3. Submit the post-class assignment by the specified deadline.

Issuance of the Certificate

Students who successfully complete the requirements will receive an Certificate signed by the Law Library Director. Students who complete the program will not receive any academic credit and completion will not be documented on the student’s official or unofficial transcript. However, completion of the program and award may be noted on student resumes. A letter outlining the workshops and training sessions completed and skills developed as part of the program will accompany the award.