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.

Spring 2010 Schedule

March 3Using CEB's OnLaw Database for California Legal Research

A trainer from the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) will demonstrate the OnLaw database which enables you to search over 100 California practice material titles in one place. Be super-productive from the very first day in your summer job!

Location: 12 Boalt
Time: 12:45pm - 1:30p.m.

March 10Business Research

Gary Peete, former head reference librarian at the Haas business school library, will explain how to research company and industry information. Find SEC filings, industry profiles, business news, and make efficient use of the many powerful databases at your disposal as a UCB student.

Location: 10 Boalt
Time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

March 31What Your Employer Wants You to Know: California Legal Research

Nixon Peabody Head Librarian, Linda Spath, will introduce the many practice materials you will find so helpful in a law firm library. Don't go it alone in your first firm job. Tap into the wealth of knowledge available in the library -- both in print and online.

Location: 10 Boalt
Time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

April 15Summer associate research strategies

Kathy Skinner (Firmwide Information Resources Manager at MoFo, San Francisco) will field your questions and will talk about: Examples of typical summer associate research requests:

  • How to work effectively on research projects with law firm librarians and vendor trainers
  • Tips for getting the assignment from the assigning attorney and ongoing communication regarding the research request
  • Effective time management
  • Cost considerations when using online databases that are billed to clients

Location: 10 Boalt
Time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm