Publishing Functioning JD Institutional Learning Outcomes on Legal Research: Why and How?

Date
2023
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Publisher
Legal Reference Services Quarterly
Abstract

Examines the legal-research institutional learning outcomes of 196 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association and proposes improvement to best practices. The suboptimal format and content of legal-research institutional learning outcomes contribute to this deficiency, exacerbated by challenges from the upcoming new bar examination. To improve legal-research institutional learning outcomes, law schools should distinguish legal-research institutional learning outcomes from other institutional learning outcomes, include specific and effective performance criteria, and update learning outcomes periodically. To streamline this process, law schools should draw wisdom from both external benchmarks and the expertise of internal legal-research instructors.

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Keywords
Law school, Legal research, Institutional learning outcomes, Legal education
Citation
42 Legal Reference Serv. Q. 89