Fall 2017 Excellence in Legal Research Program Classes

Did you realize while out clerking this summer that your legal research skills are lackluster or at least that you need to solidify certain skills?  Do you want to bolster your resume and show employers you have the skills they’re looking for?  The law school’s Excellence in Legal Research Program is here to help!

To participate in the program, students must complete 20 hours of instruction over the course of their law school career.  Students are eligible to register beginning in the spring of their 1L year.  Students take 6 required courses to cement the foundational skills they learn in our Legal Practice research workshops, and then can take any eight hours of additional classes.  There are lots of offerings in Texas specific sources, as well as in specialized resources, such as legislative histories, practice and litigation materials, and current awareness.  For more on the program, see the ELR Program website.

To register for the program, contact Prof. Drake at alyson.drake@ttu.edu. Then, you’ll be able to register for individual sessions via Blackboard.

Here’s what we’re offering this fall!

ELR schedule fall 2017

 

Part One – TexasBarCLE: What is it?

This is the first part of a four part series featuring: http://www.texasbarcle.com/CLE/Home.asp.

TexasBarCLE is a source provided by the State Bar of Texas. It contains free online classes, practice manuals, webcasts, publications, law practice management tools, and databases.

It is accessible through the State Bar of Texas website.

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After selecting the TexasBarCLE.com tab at the top of the State Bar of Texas website, you will see this as the home page.

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On the right side of the home page you will see search tabs for Casemaker and Fastcase which are two resources provided by the State Bar of Texas for Legal Research.

On the top bar of the page you will see tabs for cart, log in, FAQ and Contact Us. Under the FAQ section of the home page you can find a lot of answers regarding what services this websites provides and how to access them.

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These topics are further divided into specific questions below, and are linked to corresponding answers.

For example, one useful thing to know is that the login information that you use for TexasBar.com is completely separate from TexasBarCLE.com and are operated independently.

TexasBarCLE.com is open to non-attorneys. Seminars, online classes, and other products may be purchased by anyone. However, TexasBarCLE does have some areas that are only accessible by attorneys.

TexasBarCLE is available through the State Bar of Texas website and at http://www.texasbarcle.com.

Spring ELR Schedule

Now is the time to sign up for Excellence in Legal Research classes to show your employers that you have the practical skills necessary to succeed in the practice of law! Registration opens on Friday, 11/11, at 9:00am. Please see our program website for more information on the program requirements.

If you’re interested in signing up for ELR classes, please contact Alyson Drake (alyson.drake@ttu.edu), the Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program, so she can register you for the program in Blackboard.  Once you are registered for the program, follow our registration guidelines to sign up for individual classes.  If a class is full, it will no longer show up on the registration page, but you can be added to the wait-list by contacting Alyson.

Here’s our spring course list:

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We hope to see many of you in ELR classes this spring!

Excellence in Legal Research Summer Classes

Did you know that 35% of what a lawyer does in the first two years of practice is legal research?   Studies also show that the majority of those hiring new attorneys see new associates’ research skills as lacking or severely lacking.

The award winning Excellence in Legal Research Program at Texas Tech Law is a great way to strengthen your research skills before you enter the legal profession.  If you are currently a 1L or a 2L, it is still possible to complete the ten courses that will give you a bright spot on your resume and a leg up on those applying for the jobs you want.

This summer, we are offering THREE classes (see below).  Contact Alyson Drake, the Coordinator of the ELR program, at alyson.drake@ttu.edu to sign up for the classes, and keep your eyes open in August for the fall schedule.

ELR Single-Sided Flyer -- Summer 2016

Blue and Green Book Survival Skills on Wednesday, May 25th from 5:30-8:30pm (a great way to get ready to serve on a law journal or to brush up on your skills before your summer job starts)

Texas Statutory Materials on Wednesday, June 8th from 5:30-8:30pm

Federal Legislative History on Friday, July 8th from 2:00-5:00pm

Sign up today!