2012 Law Firm Legal Research Requirements for New Attorneys

41 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2011 Last revised: 3 Oct 2013

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Patrick Meyer

University of Detroit Mercy - School of Law

Date Written: September 26, 2011


This article summarizes results from the author's 2010 law firm legal research survey, which determined what research functions, and in what formats, law firms require new hires to be proficient. This survey updates the author's 2009 article that is available at this site and which was based on this author's earlier law firm legal research survey.

These new survey results confirm that law firms need schools to integrate the teaching of online and print-based research resources and to emphasize cost-effective research. The following federal and state specific print-based resources should be taught in an integrated manner: legislative codes, secondary source materials, reporters, administrative codes and digests.

Keywords: law firm, legal research, research formats, research methods, teaching methods, new lawyers, on-line research, print-based research

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Meyer, Patrick, 2012 Law Firm Legal Research Requirements for New Attorneys (September 26, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1953437 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1953437

Patrick Meyer (Contact Author)

University of Detroit Mercy - School of Law ( email )

651 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
United States

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