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Charles B. Sears Law Library SUNY Buffalo Law School

Learning Legal Research



All SUNY Buffalo law students will participate in extensive legal research training during their LAWR courses during their first year, and during the "Advanced Legal Analysis, Writing & Research" course in either their second or third year. In addition, the law librarians frequently are invited to conduct specialized how-to-do-research presentations in upper class law courses requiring written work.

For law students and others interested in reviewing legal research tools and techniques, here are a few suggestions.


Legal Research Video Shorts

Four minute videos imparting pearls of wisdom from our Reference Librarians!

  • Law Library GPS
    Finding your way in the Law Library…
    Link to: [MP4] or [YouTube]
    Note: Locations of some resources have changed.
  • Law Library Fundamentals
    Five tips when using any legal resource…
    Link to: [MP4] or [YouTube]
  • New York Court Reports Where to find judicial decisions from New York courts…
    Link to: [MP4] or [YouTube]

CALI: Legal Research Lessons

(SUNY Buffalo Law students only)

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction offers 950+ self-paced lessons on a wide array of legal topics. A complete list of CALI's legal research and writing lessons can be found here: http://www.cali.org/category/cali-topics/legal-research. For LAW STUDENTS ONLY. See reference librarian for access information.

Here is a short selection of legal research CALI lessons:

SOME BASICS STATUTORY RESEARCH CASE RESEARCH NEW YORK RESEARCH SECONDARY SOURCES

Study Aids

Just inside the Law Library entrance is a collection of current study guides for law students on a number of topics. One of those topics is "legal research," and a list those books can be seen here:

More resources in the Law Library collection can be identified in this legal research guide:


Legal Research Prepare-to-Practice Sessions

(SUNY Buffalo Law students only)

The Law Library holds periodic Legal Research Prepare-to-Practice sessions to help law students and recent grads prepare for summer employment or fulltime jobs. When these sessions are offered, typically at the end of the Spring semester, law students will be notified via SIP and signs will be posted at the Law Library entrance.

Contact a Reference Librarian for more information.


Talk to a Reference Librarian

The Reference Librarians are a great resource. Stop by the Reference Desk (see hours here) and ask the librarian for assistance in person. You can also contact the reference librarians in the Law Library by phone (716-645-2047), via chat, or email at asklaw@buffalo.edu.