At every Cornell Law School Reunion, the library offers alumni a course for Continuing Legal Education credit. In recent years, the classes have focused on cost-effective research to help attorneys be successful during difficult economic times.
Each August prior to the beginning of classes, the research librarians introduce U.S. legal research to the incoming class of foreign graduate students as part of their law school orientation. These students have law degrees from their home countries, but need to learn U.S. sources and strategies for their year of U.S. legal studies. Eight hours of training includes lectures, hands-on exercises, and Lexis and Westlaw instruction. The one credit course, U.S. Legal Research for LL.M. Students, is also offered each year to supplement and expand the material covered in Orientation.
During Academic Orientation, participating first year students receive a brief introduction to legal research. Students learn how to interpret legal citations, where to find useful study aids, when they should arrange a research appointment, and other helpful tips that will ease the transition into law school. This program helps lay the groundwork for materials covered in Lawyering.
Orientation for Summer Research Assistants
Summer is the busy season for Cornell law faculty research projects. To make sure their work proceeds efficiently, research librarians train faculty research assistants in targeted research strategies relevant to the academic setting. Research attorneys also provide one-on-one instruction for assistants assigned to special projects.
Orientation for Cornell Legal Journals Associates
As the four Cornell legal journals gear up for production each fall, the research attorneys work closely with the editors to provide thorough training for the many new associates. Students working on the Cornell Law Review, Cornell International Law Journal, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Legal Information Institute Supreme Court Preview Bulletin learn how to do specialized research for their publications and are instructed in the document delivery services available on campus.
International Moot Court
Cornell law students participate in two major Moot Court competitions in the International Law each year, the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, and the Niagara Competition (for U.S. and Canadian schools). Research librarians instruct these students in specialized international materials to give them an edge in their moot court research projects.