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1L Survival Guide: Legal Research Training

This LibGuide is designed to help first year law students as they begin their legal education.

Legal Research Award

Law students wanting an advantage in the job market should participate in the Legal Research Award program. Students may begin the program at any time during their law school career and have until they graduate to complete the requirements. For more information visit the award webpage.

Award Point Opportunities

Eligibility for Participation

All currently enrolled Oklahoma City University law students are eligible to participate in this program.

How to Earn the Legal Research Awards

a. Requirements for the Legal Research Award

Students must accumulate 12 points to receive the Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills (Award). Points may be earned throughout a student’s law school career.

b. Requirements for the Advanced Legal Research Award

Beginning in Fall 2015, students may also earn an Advanced Legal Research Award after completing the Award. Students must accumulate 24 points total (i.e., 12 additional points after earning the first Award) to receive the Advanced Award. Points may be earned throughout a student’s law school career.

c. Award Point Opportunities

Students will earn one (1) point for each of the following:

  • Attending an Award class in person (sign-in at class required);

  • Submitting an optional exercise with at least eighty percent (80%) correct for an Award class to the drop box on TWEN (not all classes will have an exercise);

  • Attending a research instruction session taught by a reference librarian as requested by student organizations (sign-in at event required);

  • Attending special presentations or other opportunities as designated by the reference librarians; students will be informed by e-mail and social media of these opportunities (sign-in at event required);

  • Completing an approved CALI lesson (available on the Award TWEN site) and submitting the Certificate of Completion to the drop box on TWEN. A student may earn a maximum of four (4) points toward the Award by successfully completing approved CALI lessons (see Online Options for more details).

Students will earn two (2) points for viewing an online screencast by a reference librarian (available on the Award TWEN site) and submitting all of the required exercises/quizzes with at least eighty percent (80%) correct to the drop box on the Award TWEN site. See Online Options for more details.

Notes: Points will not be awarded for attending vendor (Westlaw/Lexis) training classes, research classes taught as part of Legal Research and Writing, Advanced Legal Research, Oklahoma Legal Research for Practice, or Texas Legal Research for Practice. Each student may only earn points one (1) time for each Award class; attending the same Award class more than once will not accumulate additional points.

Online Options

a. Online Lessons (Screencasts) by Reference Librarians

The reference librarians have developed screencasts of presentations on different legal research topics. Law students will receive notice via e-mail and social media when new lessons are available and instructions on how to access the screencasts.

Required exercises and/or quizzes will be included with each screencast. To receive two (2) points toward the Award, students must view a screencast and submit all of the required exercises/quizzes with at least eighty percent (80%) correct to the drop box on the Award TWEN site, unless another procedure is indicated for a given screencast.

b. CALI Lessons - http://www.cali.org/lesson

Law students may register with The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) to view online legal class lessons for free – see a reference librarian for information on how to register with CALI. Note: Not all CALI lessons will receive points toward the Award.

CALI lessons that are approved for Award points will be accessible on the Award TWEN site under the “CALI Lessons” tab. A student may earn a maximum of four (4) points toward the Award by completing approved CALI lessons, based on the standards set forth below.

To receive credit toward the Award, students must attempt to answer all questions in the lesson and must answer at least eighty percent (80%) correctly. Students may repeat the same lesson as many times as needed in order to obtain a score of at least eighty percent (80%). Students must then submit their certificate of completion to the appropriate drop box on the Award TWEN site. Additional approved CALI lessons may be added to the TWEN site periodically throughout the school year, and law students will receive notice via e-mail and social media when new lessons are available.

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