Foundations of Legal Research

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    • Non-member - $149
    • Individual Member - $99
    • Student Member - $49
    • Retired Member - $99

This 60-minute course will provide law librarians and legal information professionals—at any level—with the tools needed to approach legal research. Developed by subject matter experts who are your colleagues and fellow members, this course will give participants an understanding of legal information resources and research methods, including the processes and principles for navigating legal information. Newer law librarians, seasoned law librarians who need a refresher, and anyone interested in legal research will find value in this course.

After completing this course, participants will:

  • Be able to distinguish between the types of legal authority and jurisdictions.
  • Get an introduction to the material and tools used to research a legal question.
  • Identify the steps of the legal research process.

AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Research + Analysis, Information Management

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Cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing to elearning@aall.org prior to starting the course.


American Association of Law Libraries Course Acknowledgement
Foundations of Legal Research Course
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This course is offered by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

© 2023 American Association of Law Libraries. All information contained herein is the property of the American Association of Law Libraries. The materials provided are for the use of the learners enrolled in the course. Any unauthorized use, including distribution, copying, modifying, or reprinting, is not permitted. Please review the AALL Copyright Policy for more information.

Special thanks to the Continuing Professional Education Committee and AALL members who served as subject matter experts.

  • Beth DiFelice, Arizona State University Ross-Blakley Law Library
  • Kate Fitz, Sacramento County Public Law Library
  • Sarah K.C. Mauldin, DeKalb County Law Library
  • Ana Rosa Ramirez Toft-Nielsen, Greenberg Traurig, LLP