Build Your Research Skills with the Law Library’s Excellence in Legal Research Program

Did you know that roughly 35% of a new associate’s time is spent doing legal research?

To help further develop your skills, the Law Library has a popular Excellence in Legal Research Program that provides instruction in advanced research techniques.

By taking part in this program, you will become a more efficient and effective researcher who will impress your future employer.

Visit the guide to learn more about the Excellence in Legal Research program (ELR)  

Spring 2022 classes will be asynchronous so you can easily fit them in your schedule.

Please email  for additional information or see the FAQs

Excellence in Legal Research

The Excellence in Legal Research is an extracurricular research program that will help you develop your research skills. Although you won’t receive course credit, you will become a more efficient and effective researcher, and you’ll impress your future employer!

Visit the guide to learn more about the Excellence in Legal Research program (ELR) We will host a short info session on Tuesday, November 2 at noon. Please email for additional information or see the FAQs

Fall 2018 ELR Schedule

Sign ups open up TODAY, August 1st at 5:00pm for the law school’s renowned Excellence in Legal Research Program.  To register for classes, use these instructions.  Please note that to register for classes via Blackboard, you must first register for the program by emailing Professor Drake.

Remember, if you are not able to get into a class you want, contact Professor Drake with the class information (title and date) and she will add you to the wait list.  For the required classes (Developing a Research Strategy, Federal Statutory Materials, Federal Administrative Materials, and Case Finding Tools), we may had a third session if there’s enough interest on the wait list.


Questions? Contact Professor Drake. We look forward to seeing many of you in classes in a few weeks!

Spring 2018 ELR Schedule

ELR has record registration numbers this fall, so many of our classes are full, but don’t forget that Prof. Drake keeps a wait list that you can be added to!  Almost every class has a few people pull out the week before class, so a few extra people can always get in the week of the class.

In addition to the classes on our poster below, we’ve added a section of each of our required classes, so our required classes are now offered on the following dates:

RE 6: Secondary Sources: Tuesday, January 9th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, January 12th, 2:00-4:00pm, OR Saturday, January 13th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

RE 3: Federal Administrative Materials: Tuesday, January 30th, 4:00-6:00pm, Wednesday, January 31, 5:00-7:00 p.m., OR Friday, February 2, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

RE 4: Case Finding Tools: Sunday, February 11th, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Monday, February 12th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., OR Friday, February 16th, 2:00-4:00pm

RE 5: Using Citators: Monday, February 19th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 22nd, 5:00-7:00 p.m., OR Friday, February 23rd, 2:00-4:00pm