Standards to Foster Best Practices in Law School Curriculum Development

Volume 44 Number 2

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has approved Legal Research Competencies and Standards for Law Student Information Literacy. The organization’s goals in presenting these competencies and standards is to “foster best practices in law school curriculum development and design; to inform law firm planning, training and articulation of core competencies; to encourage bar admission committee evaluation of applicants' research skills; to inspire continuing legal education program development; and for use in law school accreditation standards review.”

The competencies and standards are grouped within five principles:

Principle I: A successful legal researcher possesses fundamental research skills.

Principle II: A successful legal researcher gathers information through effective and efficient research strategies.

Principle III: A successful legal researcher critically evaluates information.

Principle IV: A successful legal researcher applies information effectively to resolve a specific issue or need.

Principle V: A successful legal researcher distinguishes between ethical and unethical uses of information and understands the legal issues associate with the discovery, use, or application of information.  

The complete set of competencies and standards can be found on the AALL website




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