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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1160925

Extended bar study hours

As of today, we have extended hours for the bar exam:


July 14 & 15
8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

July 16
10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

JULY 17-22
8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

July 23
10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

July 24-27
8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

July 28
8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

July 29
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

July 30
10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

July 31
8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

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 marcusc@uchastings.edu

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 marcusc@uchastings.edu directly if you have any questions.