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Resources for Law School Clinics

Purpose of this Guide

The purpose of this research guide is to provide an overview of resources for doing legal research as a clinic student. This guide covers practical tools available for transactional, litigation, and policy work. Be advised that some of these sources are available through the D'Angelo Law Library for UChicago Law School Students only.

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
    • Encyclopedia entries
    • Practical guidance (e.g. IICLE)
    • 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 either your assigned librarian or a reference librarian using the Ask a Law Librarian

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