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Certificate in Legal Research Program Starts September 12, 2017

The Legal Research Certificate Program is designed to provide law students of all ability levels with the research tools necessary for success in internships, summer associate positions, or for your first position as a newly-minted attorney.

To find out more, visit the program’s Canvas site:

Fall 2017  Live Class Schedule — All classes meet in Room 640, 200 McAllister St. from 12:00 noon to 12:50.  Lunch served.

09/12  —  Secondary Sources Research
09/19  —  Statutory Research
09/26  —  Case Law
10/03  —  Federal Legislative History
10/10  —  Foreign Law Research
10/17  —  Administrative Law Research
10/24  —  Alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw
10/31  —  Searching with Precision
11/07  —  Print Resources Research

Students have the opportunity to select from a number of classes on different topics of research offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Topics cover a wide range of areas and will provide an excellent grounding as you begin to combine the knowledge gained in school with the actual practice of law. Students are free to attend as few or as many classes as desired; however, to complete the Certificate Program, students must attend and complete the quizzes for a total of 12 classes, including 5 in-person classes and 8 required classes, by the time they graduate.

How Do I Earn it?

To earn the certification, a student must:

  • Register for, and attend/view, a total of twelve (12) classes before graduating;
  • Complete the post-class quiz for the twelve (12) courses attended/viewed;
  • Attend at leave five (5) classes in person;
  • Attend/View and complete the post-class quiz for at least one class in each of eight (8) specified categories: (1) Secondary Source Research, (2) Case Law Research, (3) Statutory Research, (4) Free and Low Cost Research Alternatives, (5) Foreign Law Research OR International Law Research, (6) Federal Administrative Law Research OR California Administrative Law Research, (7) Federal Legislative History Research OR California Legislative History Research, and (8) Precision Searching


How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students

This essay is designed to help new law students prepare for the first few weeks of class. It explains what judicial opinions are, how they are structured, and what law students should look for when reading them.

Kerr, Orin S., How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students. 11 The Green Bag 2d 51 (2007). ; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 414; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 414. Available at SSRN:

Summer Research Assistant Orientation – June 6, 2017

The UC Hastings Librarians are holding an orientation and training for Summer Research Assistants on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 12 noon – 1:30 PM, in classroom D (198 Building). We will be serving lunch and refreshments.

If you are working as a summer research assistant  please click here to fill out a form with your  name, email and research area or send an email to

During the orientation session, research assistants will meet with their faculty-liaison librarians to discuss research projects and review relevant resources.  Each research assistant will be able to consult with the librarian about their research projects over the course of the summer.

Individual appointments with the appropriate liaison librarian are available for students who are unable to attend the orientation.  Please feel free to contact directly if you have any questions.

Crash Course in Legal Research – May 17th @ 5:30 PM

Have a summer job? Need to brush up on your legal research skills? The UC Hastings Law Library is offering a Crash Course in Legal Research, focused on the practical skills you’ll need to get started on your first assignment.

Come by Room J in the 198 Building from 5:30PM to 7:00PM on Wednesday, May 17, for pizza and expert advice. 1Ls, 2Ls, and graduates welcome.

If you are interested, please RSVP here.

Neil Gorsuch sworn in as the newest Supreme Court justice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Neil Gorsuch, picked by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Republican-led Senate, was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice at the White House on Monday and was poised to have an instant impact on a court once again dominated by conservatives.

Gorsuch took his judicial oath in a White House Rose Garden ceremony with Trump watching on, filling a vacancy that lingered for nearly 14 months after the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. The oath was administered by Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Gorsuch worked as a clerk as a young lawyer.

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Welcome Angela Wang!

The UC Hastings Law Library is pleased to welcome the newest member of our staff.  Angela Wang has joined the Law Library in the position of Digital Initiatives Librarian.  Angela joins us with an impressive background, having curated digital collections and archives at St. Mary’s University Law Library and Texas Tech University School of Law Library.  In her new role at UC Hastings, Angela will focus on maintaining the Law School’s existing digital repositories and creating new ones that showcase our school and its collections.