In the face of economic pressures and educational policy challenges, law schools nationwide have begun to shift away from doctrinal teaching toward practice-oriented instruction. Legal research instruction is also in flux, with research instructors and law librarians attempting to prepare students for real-world research. Law school clinics offer unique opportunities for law librarians to support students as they engage in real-world legal research. To explore the legal research skills required by clinical work as well as the research support and instruction students currently receive, interviews were conducted with 14 clinicians. The goal of this study is twofold. First, to identify those skills and resources on which librarians can focus during instruction. Second, clinicians were asked to describe the support, if any, that the clinic or clinic students received from librarians in hopes of facilitating discussion between librarians and clinics as they work together to better serve students through formalized relationships.
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