Real World Research is a programme of 45 minute classes on specialized topics of research presented by the Law Library throughout the academic year. The program focuses on areas of research inquiry that often come up in the "real world" outside of the classroom that might not be covered in your regular coursework.

Fall Schedule 2006

September 13Business Research

Expert Gary Peete from the Haas School of Business will discuss the basics of primary research, the difference between private and public company information, business research resources, and how to use the special databases available through the Long Business and Economics Library.

Location: Room 140
Time: 12:45am - 1:30pm

September 27Records and Briefs

Court records are appearing on LEXIS, WESTLAW and PACER. Find out what's readily available and what's more elusive.
Time: 12:45am - 1:30pm

Location: Room 140

October 11California Legislative History (link to Research Guide)

While finding a clear-cut answer to the question of "why" legislators did what they did is often the unattainable holy grail of legislative history research, you will learn how to find clues about the process a particular bill went through while the legislature was deliberating.

Location: Room 105
Time: 12:45am - 1:30pm

October 25Treaty Research (PowerPoint)

You're asked: "Get me a citation to the Hague conventions." You think these have something to do with treaties, but a Google search produces 7 million results. To help you become more effective when doing treaty research, come to a session on researching treaties and international instruments. This session will focus on how to locate treaties, how to cite to them, and how to find status information. You can't always just "google it" — come find out why and what to do next.
Additional handout: Treaties (MS Word)

Location: Room 140
Time: 12:45am - 1:30pm

November 8California Regulations

Imagine that your firm represents a ship-builder that is being sued for exposing its employees to hazardous chemicals over a period of 30 years. Your client would like to assert that it has been in compliance with all the relevant regulations during this period. How do you begin to gather the relevant evidence to prove that? First, you need to know what regulations were in force and when. In this session, you will learn how to trace California regulations back in history, and (with a little luck) find superseded regulatory language.

Location: Room 140
Time: 12:45am - 1:30pm