Summer Strategies

What's your edge? Before you know it, exams will be over and you'll be hard at work meeting the demands of your new employment. To help you meet the expectations of today's practice environments, the Law Library offers the following programs:

Research Consultations

Throughout the year, Research Services Librarians provide customized sessions with individual students to prepare for their summer jobs, clerkships, public interest work, and post-graduate positions. These consultations become even more valuable as you prepare for summer employment. Tailored advice includes, but is not limited to, specific jurisdictional sources, key resources in substantive practice areas, and advanced research skills and strategies. Consultations can be as short as 15 minutes or last up to 60 minutes. Our registration form allows you to specify your interests and needs, and requests a particular Research Services Librarian if desired. Forms are available at the Circulation Desk in the Reading Room.

Research in the Real World

The last research class of the year in Lawyering introduces 1L students to materials that many students are confronted with during their summer employment. Low-cost research systems, practice guides, bar association materials, ethics resources, and company and business resources are some of the topics covered.

Lexis and Westlaw "Prepare to Practice" sessions

Each year the Law Library invites Lexis and Westlaw representatives to provide on-site training sessions to prepare students for summer employment. Watch the Lexis and Westlaw sites for sign-up information.


Research services librarians annually prepare research assistants for their challenging summer jobs working for faculty. At the beginning of the summer, we give research assistants a complete orientation. For more information, click here.