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Certificate in Legal Research Program

The Certificate Program in Legal Research is designed to provide law students of all ability levels with the research tools necessary for success in internships, externships, summer associate positions, or for your first position as a newly-minted attorney.

Students have the opportunity to select from a number of classes on different topics of research offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters. 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, however, to complete the Certificate Program, one must attend and complete the assignments for eight of the classes.

What is the Certificate?

The Certificate in Legal Research Skills 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. Students who complete eight (8) of the classes offered during the 2013/2014 academic year will receive the Certificate, which can be a great resume builder and topic of discussion during the interview process.

Requirements for the Certificate:

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

  1. Register for, and attend, any eight (8) class sessions over the course of the 2013/2014 academic year;
  2. Enroll in the Certificate Program’s Online Platform in order to access assignments and class content;
  3. Complete the post-class assignment for eight (8) courses attended (if you attend more than eight (8), you can choose not to complete post-class assignments for courses attended beyond the required eight (8)); and
  4. 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.