Traditionally, attorneys have acquired practice skills through law firm mentors rather than in law school courses. The disintegrating mentor system is now being replaced by formal in-house training. While this method may be preferable for some skills, legal research training is more effective at the point-of-need. Since reference service occurs at the point-of-need, that library function is the logical conduit for an informal training program based on research protocols.
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