The below information will provide you with best practices for research in your summer internship to help you:
Your ability to apply research skills on the job is critically important. Research helps you find, understand, and apply the law. Although you are not yet an attorney, your professional responsibility started when you first entered law school and continues through to the legal work you do over the summer.
Keeping your ethical obligation in mind, you may wonder what resources you should or should not use on the job. Below, find more info on what resources you can use while conducting your work. Whether you use certain tools might also depend on whether you are getting paid for the work you do over the summer.
What can you definitely use?
What can you maybe use?
PLEASE NOTE: Access to Westlaw, Lexis, and even many of our A-Z databases is subject to complex licensing agreements. Do not share your log in information for any site or database with someone else.
Keep in mind that you have extensive access to resources through the UNM Law Library while the attorneys, clerks, and judges you work with probably do not. Here are some tips on how to best use these sources to be as helpful and professional as possible.
Don't be annoying!
Document your search process in clear, understandable manner.
Date of Incident
|Facts/Chronology||Terms||Findings/Value||What you found||Date/status|
-FRBP 7001(1) Adversary Proceeding. ...a proceeding to recover more money or property...
-Other 10 categories prob. don't apply
-Litigation under Bankrup. action rules similar to FRCP
-Consult more general seconadary auth. on AP & Breach of K in particular
[Also record your citations here]
No negative treatment, current through 3/1/20
If you are going to take a break from researching, record some notes so it is easier for your to pick up where you left off. Some questions you might ask yourself are--
In order to prepare you for working as an attorney, it is important to note the expenses involved with using legal research platforms beyond law school. This will give you some insight as to why many firms and other legal organizations do not have the same breadth of resources available that you do as a student.
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