The Pritzker Legal Research Center invites all Northwestern Law students to join us for our virtual Standout Summer Research Training on Tuesday, May 24 at 12:00 pm. The research librarians will give you a swift refresher in cost-effective research, secondary sources and transactional resources, advanced case law research and docket information, legislative history research, and administrative law research.
Advice from law firm librarians
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Firm librarians can help direct you to the best resources and develop a research strategy.
Be mindful of the cost of online expenses. Unlike the unlimited access to research databases that you are familiar with at Northwestern, there are costs associated with using these resources at firms. Firms may have flat rate contracts with Lexis or Westlaw, but they will still track research charges in order to bill them back to the client.
But that doesn't mean you should waste precious time trying to find an answer on Google. Your time is valuable. Firms pay for the databases, so there is an expectation that you will use them. Just make sure you use them wisely. When in doubt, ask for help.
Additionally, consider this advice collected from our colleagues in firm and court libraries.
Bloomberg Law, Lexis and Westlaw provide a wide range of training videos, tutorials and certifications to help you brush up on your research skills before you begin your summer job or before you graduate.
See all Lexis Learning Resources for Summer Associates, including Resources for Working at the Federal Government and Quick Links To Public Interest and Practice Area Resources