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Rebooting Legal Research in a Digital Age

By Steven A. Lastres, Published on August 10, 2013

Research has always been core to the practice of law. However, we are seeing a “New Normal” in today’s business climate that has a profound effect in the delivery of legal services and impacts how research is conducted.

To uncover how newer attorneys conduct research in this emerging legal marketplace, an independent survey was conducted by The Research Intelligence Group (TRiG) and funded by LexisNexis(R). Author Steven A. Lastres, director of Library & Knowledge Management at law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, produced a report titled “Rebooting Legal Research in a Digital Age,” to summarize and analyze the results of the survey – drawing conclusions on what they may mean for the future of legal research instruction.

Key findings from the survey:

Key recommendations from the author on what law schools and employers can do to update and enhance legal research instruction:

Law Schools and legal employers need to work together to equip law students and new attorneys with the caliber of research skills required in today’s complex legal marketplace.