Curious footnote: Legal Research at French Law Firms

Prof. Pierre-Yves Gautier’s book chapter ” The Influence of Scholarly Writing Upon the Courts in Europe” includes this curious endnote:

“It is the author’s understanding that in some of the major law firms in France partners prohibit junior solicitors from doing research mostly on the internet or databases. Research must always start on paper.”

See Pierre -Yves Gautier. The Influence of Scholarly Writing Upon the Courts in Europe in Mary Hiscock and William van Canegem (eds.). The Internationalisation of Law: Legislating ,  Decision-Making, Practice and Education. Edward Elgar, 2010. page 210.

Perhaps some  of our readers in France or those with experience in Parisian firms could confirm this. If true, I wonder if cost or research methodology is the primary motivation for restricting online resources?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “Curious footnote: Legal Research at French Law Firms

  1. Dear All,

    Yes it can be true for some of major law firms in Paris. However it’s not the case for all major law firms and the author says: “some of the major law” and “doing research mostly on”.

    According to me and my experience it only means that the new generation of young lawyers always starts with databases and Internet. They think that everything is on Internet which is of course not true. They forget books like treatises and as doctrine is a major source of law in France the old generation of lawyers prefer to start with “paper”.

    But in facts lawyers in Paris use both.

    Michel
    Law librarian Paris

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