Starting a new internship, externship, or job during law school can be nerve-wracking. We want our work product to stand out so that we looked especially competent. To help you prepare, the Ross-Blakley Law library has put together a handful of resources from our legal research databases so that you can look your best on day one!
1 – Interactive Videos from Hotshot Legal:
Hotshot Legal is a company that makes attractive training courses for law students and junior associates. Many Am Law 100 firms use these training courses to prepare their new associates to be “practice ready.” These courses are also implemented by Harvard and Stanford to get students ready for clinic work and Big Law internships.
As an ASU Law student, you can sign up for a selection of entry-level courses like Civil Litigation Basics, Depositions, Mergers and Acquisitions, and more. All you need is your @ASU email address.
2 – Lexis
Lexis has recently started to provide updated Summer Associate Resource Kits. These extensively hyperlinked guides, “review the fundamentals of key transactions within a practice area with step-by-step guides, checklists, practice notes and forms, giving you a starting point and confidence to tackle assignments from senior associates and partners.”
There are currently 78 kits available and they cover a wide range of areas of law:
Link to all available kits:
3 – Westlaw
Westlaw provides year-round access to their legal research certifications through their Knowledge Center:
If you’re working at an institution with Westlaw, they are a great way to get prepared so that your research stands out for your supervisors. In addition to generic research certifications, they also provide narrower instruction on areas like transactional research and litigation.
4 – Bloomberg Law
Bloomberg Law has developed an In-Focus Center called “In Focus: Core Skills – Litigation” dedicated to getting future litigators ready to practice. The Core Skills Toolkit provides Practical Guidance on research, writing, document review, and other key aspects of litigation practice. In addition to providing useful BLaw content for new associates, this resource has infographics of work processes so that you can make sure you’re doing a thorough job.
If you are graduating this Spring, make sure to check our Summer 2021 & Post-Graduation Use of LexisNexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law post so you know when your accounts will close. As always, if you have any problems with access or want personalized, 1-on-1 training with any of these tools Make an Appointment with a Law Librarian
Sean Harrington, Electronic Service Librarian