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About the Prepare for Practice Program

The Prepare for Practice Certification Program is designed to refresh and enhance students' legal research skills in preparation for summer and permanent jobs.

Refresh your recollection by attending classes on research techniques and general resources in digital or book formats, learn about specialized resources for transactional and litigation jobs, and discover free resources for solo and small firm attorneys with limited resources.

Classes run from the week of January 19 through the week of March 23 in the Library Training Lab. All classes for the Prepare for Practice program are designated P4P in the Law Library Computer Lab Schedule.   

Complete the certification program requirements to receive a Certificate in Legal Research Skills for Practice.

Questions? Please contact the Reference Librarians at


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Certification Program Requirements

To receive a Certificate in Legal Research Skills for Practice, you must successfully complete 6 classes, but you may attend as many classes as desired. All classes are 60 minutes or less in length and will consist primarily of hands-on instruction.                                                          

Primary & Secondary Sources (Pick 2*)  

  • Jumpstart your Research with Secondary Sources
  • Case Law Research
  • Code Research Deciphered: Statutes &  More
  • Researching Regulations

Practice Aids (Pick 1*)

  • Litigation Research: Jury Instructions & Court Rules
  • Keeping Current with the Law
  • Transactional Research: Finding Legal Forms

Low Cost Legal Research (Pick 1*)

  • Find It Free & Fast: Reliable Websites for Legal Research
  • Alternatives to Lexis & Westlaw: Casemaker & Fastcase

Cost Effective Research (Required; 1 combined class or 2 separate classes)

  • Lexis & Westlaw Cost Effective Training 

Online Legal Research (Pick 1; vendor certification satisfies this requirement)

  • BloombergLaw
  • LexisAdvance
  • WestlawNext

* Attendees will receive a short post-class assignment designed to test your understanding.  Assignments are due the week after the class.  Both the class and successful completion of the assignment will be required for credit towards the certification program.



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