Interesting article on LLRX – Rebooting Legal Research in a Digital Age, By Steven A. Lastres
http://www.llrx.com/features/legalinstruction.htm. It discusses the findings of a survey of how digital natives tackle legal research.
From Steven’s article on LLRX:
Key findings from the survey:
- Newer attorneys spend more than 30% of their time doing legal research
- Approximately 50% of associates think legal research should be a larger part of the law school curriculum
- Over 80% of associates use an extensive range of content from traditional primary law and secondary materials to News, Court Transcripts, Verdicts, Dockets, Public Records and more.
- Legal Classification systems are rarely used (only 12% begin with a legal classification system)
- Attorneys use free online research resources but spend most of their time, over 8 hours per week using paid-for online research services.
The paper is posted here: http://www.llrx.com/files/rebootinglegalresearch.pdf