Each Research Center Workshop offers a 30-minute training session focused on specific research skills or research resources. Students attending these workshops learn how to utilize these myriad resources and develop the skills necessary for effective, efficient legal research: something key to their success in law school and law practice.
Over the course of the academic year, students who virtually attend the required total number of workshops may be eligible for different General Certificates indicating familiarity with varying varieties of legal resources and search techniques. Students who attend the required number of workshops focusing on a specific area or type of research may be eligible for a Certificate in a Research Area of Expertise indicating familiarity with the research techniques and resources the Research Center identifies as most directly relevant to that specific category (of course, students may qualify for Certificates of Research Areas of Expertise in more than one category).
Students may register any time during the semester for workshops they would like to attend. Workshop presentations are made available every week on Monday morning at 8am. Students must complete a short quiz within one week of the date the presentation becomes available for it to count toward eligibility for a certificate.
Certificates earned during Fall and Spring semesters will be awarded at the end of the Spring semester.
Each presentation may focus on one or more of the following areas of research expertise, each intended to improve how you conduct legal research.
Follow these four steps for each workshop you attend.
Students are eligible for Certificates of Research Expertise if they virtually attend any six (6) workshops within the same Research Area of Expertise listed on the right. Note that the same Workshop may count towards the requirement in one or more Areas of Expertise. For example, the Florida Legislative History workshop counts toward both the Florida Research and the Practice-Ready categories.
The virtual workshops can be found in the Canvas FSU College of Law Research Center Organization page under the Workshops tab. Links to the quizzes, handouts or other resources may be found under each related presentation.
The research presentations may fall under five areas of research expertise: Florida Research, Practice-Ready Research, Advanced Searching, Legal Technology, or Specialized Legal Resources. The workshops listed below are examples of what may be offered. Not all will be offered in any give academic year.
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