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Bridge the Gap

Every spring, the Muse Law Library puts on a series of lectures and panels designed to help students "Bridge the Gap" from law school to their summer or permanent employment. Use to research guide to access lectures and materials from past sessions.

Schedule of Events and Slides

Each day at lunchtime during March 25-28 and April 1-4, the Law Library will present a different topic that will help you prepare for summer (or post-graduation) success.  All students are welcome to attend – regardless of your class year or summer employment status. 

Monday, March 25: Low-Cost/Free Alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw – Timothy Coggins

Are you concerned about incurring a legendary research bill over the summer?  There are many resources out there that cost less than Lexis and Westlaw and might be just as effective. 

Tuesday, March 26: Government Information:  Legislative History and Beyond – Andrew Winston

This session will address basic legislative history research, government documents and websites, and options to simplify research in a complex environment.

Wednesday, March 27: “Manual Transmission" Research - Classic Lexis & Westlaw

Some workplaces do not yet have Lexis Advance or WestlawNext.  This session will cover the basics in the classic versions so that you can be efficient and cost-effective.

Thursday, March 28: Practice Materials – Joyce Manna Janto

Practice materials tend to focus on the law as it exists, with advice and tips for dealing with real-life legal problems. They are updated frequently and often contain forms or checklists. 

Monday, April 1: Legal Research Strategies –Suzanne Corriell

Make sure your research strategies are effective starting your first day.  Learn how to start research in an unfamiliar area of law; plan, track, and update your research; and manage your time.

Tuesday, April 2: Advanced Databases (CCH, Bloomberg BNA, Bloomberg Law) – Amy O’Connor and Suzanne Corriell

More comprehensive instruction on Bloomberg BNA, CCH Intelliconnect, and Bloomberg Law – all resources that you may use free of charge during your summer employment.

Wednesday, April 3: Regulatory Research – Gail Zwirner

Learn about promulgation of regulations, finding & updating regulations and administrative decisions, and how to navigate agency websites.

Thursday, April 4: “Real Life” Panel: Advice from Associates and a Law Firm Librarian

These researchers have applied many of the lessons taught in Bridge the Gap to their professional careers, including law firms, government, and agencies.  They will present an overview of their experiences and give practical advice for conducting legal research in your work environments.

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