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Legal Research

The legal research portion of LRW is taught by law librarians who have been trained both in the law and in information science. The legal research instructors introduce students to a variety of electronic and print resources in LRW, with an emphasis on the tools heavily used in the practice of law: Lexis, Westlaw, and BloombergLaw. Research instruction in LRW is aimed at providing students with an introduction to the sophisticated legal research tools that will be mastered with practice, time, and further instruction throughout the three years of law school. Legal research is learned by doing, so research class sessions and assignments are designed to replicate the “real world” experience found in law practice. In addition, all legal research classes are designed to support the research necessary to complete LRW writing assignments.