New England Law Student Information Literacy Standards


Fellow Law Librarians,

We all work hard to ensure law students and new associates have the needed research skills to expertly face the tasks they are confronted with when beginning practice. Lexis and Westlaw have created certification programs that test students’ proficiency in on-line research on their particular platforms. Could we do something similar for other research skills? What Information Literacy Standards do we think are important for law students? Betsy McKenzie and Susan Vaughn presented this idea at an ABLL meeting this fall. Whether you were able to attend or not, we are looking to keep the conversation moving.

We are hoping some of you can attend a breakfast meeting to discuss next steps.

Items on the Agenda include:

  • Review of the top 10 areas that local law librarians see a need for improved research skills.
  • Can we use the AALL Draft Information Literacy Standards for Law Students as a building block for a certification program?
  • Brainstorming ideas for law student trainings that could satisfy Information Literacy Standards, i.e. Boot-camps, Online Tutorials with quizzes, Advanced Legal Research classes, Library Workshops.

Sound interesting?

Where: Suffolk University Law School,
120 Tremont St, Boston, MA
Moakley Law Library, Corcoran Room, 7th Floor

When: Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 9-10:30 a.m.

RSVP: Susan Vaughn at or 617-573-8199 (seating is limited).

Breakfast will be served; so come hungry (for food as well as interesting conversation)!

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