Think [And Practice] Like a Lawyer: Legal Research for the New Millennials

39 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2011

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Aliza B. Kaplan

Lewis & Clark Law School

Kathleen Darvil

Brooklyn Law School

Date Written: September 25, 2011


It is time to heed the calls for legal education reform. In our changing economy, new attorneys need to be properly trained in law school to be competent at providing effective legal services for their employers and clients. Law schools must remain open to and interested in legal reform; they must partner with practitioners to incorporate more practical skills into the law school curriculum. Updating how we teach legal research by making it accord more with how attorneys actually conduct and use legal research in practice will help accomplish this and will also more actively engage our Millennial students. There is no question that making some timely changes to legal research instruction would better prepare new attorneys to be competent practicing lawyers and would be a win-win for students, law schools and employers.

Suggested Citation

Kaplan, Aliza B. and Darvil, Kathleen N., Think [And Practice] Like a Lawyer: Legal Research for the New Millennials (September 25, 2011). Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD, Vol. 8, 2011, Available at SSRN:

Aliza B. Kaplan (Contact Author)

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Kathleen N. Darvil

Brooklyn Law School ( email )

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Brooklyn, NY 11201
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