A few years ago I was listening to Dan Lear speak about something related to changing face of the legal profession, and he said that he didn’t like the phrase “access to justice” because people think about the word justice and they think huge
It’s been just about a year now since my career change and I’ve just recently perfected my “elevator pitch” type answer when people ask me what I do for a living. Ready? Here is it: I work for non-profit organization that produces open legal educational materials and
My job title has two parts: Outreach Librarian and Faculty Services Librarian. While both parts of this job have separate and distinct duties, they do share the common goal of making the library and its services as accessible as possible to patrons.
Law faculty as patrons are…interesting.
Here’s a couple things I believe:
- There are several providers of free legal information out there that are reliable enough to recommend to my patrons to use.
- Librarians need to collaborate and communicate more with information vendors – all information vendors…Wexis, ILS providers, independents and non-profits.
- Most legal research educational materials suck. They’re dry and the publisher bias contained within some is almost laughable.
- Legal information vendors use tactics to get law students hooked on their products that would make a drug dealer blush.
So, when Tom Bruce emailed me a few weeks ago and asked if I’d be interested in creating a Free Law Research Guide aimed at law students, I jumped at the chance. Without further ado, I present to you The Law Student Guide to Free Legal Research.