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Resources for Law School Clinics

Purpose of this Guide

This guide provides an overview of legal research resources for University of Chicago Law School clinic students. It covers practical tools for transactional, litigation, and policy work.

General Legal Research Tips

  • Start Broad and Then Narrow: When researching a new legal concept or body of law, it's better to start broadly and then narrow your search. You can do this by starting your search with a good secondary source like:
    • Treatises
    • Legal encyclopedia
    • Practice guides (e.g. IICLE or Practical Law)
    • Law journal articles
  • The Table of Contents is Your Friend: When using a secondary source or code, it's a good idea to browse the table of contents, since it will give you a better idea of the context of the issue you're researching.
  • Ask for Help: if you have been researching the same concept or issue for more than 30 minutes and are not getting anywhere, please contact a reference librarian via Ask a Law Librarian


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