Real World Research is a program 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 2007

September 25Business Research (MS Word)

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 145
Time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

October 10Basics of U.S. Government and Legislation (pdf)

Come for an excellent introduction (or refresher) on the branches of the U.S. government: their powers and their publications. If you've ever been confused by the difference between a statute and a code or you have never heard of an Article I court, this program is for you. The handout alone is worth the price of admission.
Additional handout: Sources of Federal Law in the US (pdf)

Location: Room 121
Time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

October 24Introduction to Qui Tam Litigation (pdf)

Learn about this very specialized area of litigation where whistleblowers expose fraud in areas such as government contracts, Medicare billing and tax underpayment. Janice Kelly of the Phillips & Cohen firm explains the history of Qui Tam law, types of fraud, the role of the whistleblower and resources for research.

Location: Room 145
Time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

November 7Federal Legislative History (link to Research Guide)

Find out how to track federal legislation as it makes its way through Congress and how to find reports, hearings and other congressional documents prepared along the way. You may never know exactly why Congress used that particular word but you will learn how to find all the sources where you would look for the answer to that ever-elusive question.

Location: Room 145
Time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm