Gail A. Partin, Director and Law Librarian, Montague Law Library, Penn State’s Dickinson Law writes for On Firmer Ground about the research capabilities of new attorneys:

“As newly minted lawyers pass the bar exam and begin their legal careers, they will be confronted with research scenarios wholly unlike the problems they encountered in law school. Specialized practice areas require deeper knowledge of information resources that many law students have had little experience using. And even basic research skills are applied differently in the practice environment, leaving new graduates uncertain about their own competence. Consequently, efforts to improve research competency are underway within AALL and among our colleagues.”

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