The Research Plan for Maximizing Effective Legal Research

Hooray!  It’s Friday.  And that means I get to review the latest Hein Greenslips (a highlight of my week).  Today’s include a reference to a favorite book of mine:

Just Research, 2nd ed.

By Laurel Currie Oates and Anne Enquist

New York: Aspen Publishers, 2009.  $ 51.00

One of our students this past quarter reviewed Just Research, and liked it so much that she bought a copy for herself (we tell students about it, but don’t require it – our required text this coming year is Legal Research Methods, by Michael D. Murray and Christy H. DeSanctis.).  By the way, Aspen, I’d be much more inclined to tell our students to buy a copy of Just Research if you could get its price down to $ 35.00 or less.

Earlier we wrote here about the research log, which is related to the research plan.  Planning and documenting results are key steps for saving time.

Our student concludes her review of Just Research by writing:

I think the biggest takeaway point from the book and the most useful nugget of wisdom is to develop a research plan ahead of time.  This is analogous to setting up logic games on the LSAT.  You can delve right in without a plan, thinking it will take less time, but the setup and planning is key to maximizing efficiency.  I think the same holds true here.  The book presents a number of excellent roadmaps for categorizing, planning and implementing legal research.  I definitely intend to use it as a guide.

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