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17 February, 2009

I love walking into the law library and finding people who are clearly lawyers doing research in the stacks, old school-style. It makes my legal research class feel a bit less futile to see that lawyers got by before Westlaw and LexisNexis and that some even still prefer to use the books. They always look so intense, scribbling notes on cases from thick, dusty volumes. It’s what I pictured researching the law to be when I was younger – not typing search terms into a database in a computer lab.

I guess it’s a romanticized view of things, given the hours on end I have spent completing these research assignments. It’s far less convenient to kick it old school, but there’s just something about the law being at your fingertips like that.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 17 February, 2009 9:48 pm

    There is nothing like the smell either.

  2. 18 February, 2009 2:26 pm


  3. 23 February, 2009 3:55 pm

    I prefer Westlaw waaay more than the hard copies. Especially to catch recent unfavorable decisions…

  4. 24 February, 2009 11:36 am

    There are definitely advantages to Westlaw. But I still like the books – not that I wouldn’t use the online databases too!

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