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) https://libguides.law.ttu.edu/elr  

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

Please email excellenceinlegalresearch.law@ttu.edu  for additional information or see the FAQs https://libguides.law.ttu.edu/elr/faqs

Library Write-In: Saturday, October 27, 2018

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Every fall, Professors Baker and Drake host a write-in in the law library’s Collaborative Commons to help students with their scholarly research and writing endeavors.  This fall, the write-in is being held on Saturday, October 27th from 9:00am to 2:00pm, and Dean Nowlin is scheduled to attend.

At the write-in, we’ll provide breakfast and lunch.  Dean Nowlin, Professor Baker, and Professor Drake will be on hand to help with any part of the research and writing process from paper organization and research help to editing and Bluebooking.  We’re there all day to help with whatever you need, and the collective energy in the room will help you make progress on your papers and/or comments.  Previous years’ attendees have reported that having a day dedicated to writing really helped them focus on their paper and make major strides on their drafts.

To attend, RSVP to Professor Drake at alyson.drake@ttu.edu and tell her you’d like to attend.  (As an added bonus, this will help us know how much food to order!)  We hope to see you there.

Please note: you do not have to stay for the entire event.  Pop in and out as you need to, or stay for the whole time.

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.

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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

Library Write-In: Saturday, October 28th

Each semester, Professors Baker and Drake host a write-in in the law library’s Collaborative Commons, as part of the Scribes Student Legal Writing Society series of events on scholarly research and writing.  This fall, the write-in is being held on Saturday, October 28th from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

At the write-in, we’ll provide breakfast and lunch.  Professor Baker and Professor Drake will also be on hand to help with any part of the research and writing process from paper organization and research help to editing and Bluebooking.  At lunchtime, we’ll give some quick tips for editing, but we’re there all day to help with whatever you need.  Last year’s students reported that having a day dedicated to writing really helped them focus in on their comments and seminar papers, and that the collective energy in the room pushed them forward.Photo 3

To attend, RSVP to Professor Drake at alyson.drake@ttu.edu and tell her you’d like to attend.  (As an added bonus, this will help us know how much food to order!)  We hope to see you there!

Please note: You don’t have to stay the entire time. You can drop by for all or part of the event.