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 2011 Schedule

October 19California legislative history research

Reference Librarian Ramona Martinez will explain how to gather primary and secondary resources to divine legislators' intent in drafting California laws. Learn what constitutes a "legislative history" and how to find these elusive documents.

Location: 244 Boalt
Time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Resources: Finding California Legislative History: Boalt Research Guide

October 26Federal legislative history research

Find out from Michael Levy (Advanced Legal Research instructor) 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: 244 Boalt
Time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Resources: Powerpoint Presentation on Federal Legislative History

November 9 rescheduled to January 11, 2012Getting a law enacted — a real world example

Enid Camps, California Deputy Attorney General, will explain how a bill morphed into a proposition which expanded California's DNA Database and Data Bank Program. Learn how law-making really happens. This is one not to miss!

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