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Law Library Orientation

Course Completion Checklist

  • Read the accompanying research guides and watch the interactive video for each unit;
  • Attend all five (5) in-person class sessions (held August 22 through September 21);
  • Watch the Open Memo Review video;
  • Attend the Vendor Training on Tuesday, October 3;
  • Complete all interactive videos to unlock the final assessment; and
  • Complete the final examination with a score of 70% by 11:59 pm on Sunday, 11/5/2023.


Database Certification Trainings

As part of the flipped classroom approach to this course, you must complete basic certifications from each of our three legal research platform vendors: Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw.  All these certifications require you to register with each vendor for your student account.

  • Bloomberg Law – Complete the Introduction to Bloomberg Law Course.

Please note that you must register for a separate training account for Bloomberg Law.   This training will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

  • Lexis –Complete the Proficiency Certification from Lexis.

To access this certification, please log in to your Lexis account, then click Lexis Learn.  This certification will take slightly over an hour to complete.
Once you have completed your Proficiency Certification, Lexis will add your name to the LexisNexis Certification Registry.  Following the Registry page instructions, you can add your certification to your LinkedIn profile.

Once you have completed your Basic Certification, you can add your certification to your LinkedIn profile.

Once you have completed these certifications, please submit a screenshot of your certificate of completion to the appropriate assignment in Blackboard.


Fall Open Memo Review

The review session will be an online-only video training and will walk students through a research problem based on an older writing open memo assignment.  Instructors will be available at set times to answer student questions as posted on Blackboard.

In-person Vendor Training Session

A mandatory training session co-taught by representatives from Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw will be held on TTuesday, October 3, at 10:00 am to Noon in Room 187.


The final will consist of a number of short questions designed to test your understanding of the course content.  You must score 70% on the final to "pass" legal research.  If you do not score 70%, you must retake the final until you achieve the necessary score.

Questions on the final will primarily be based on Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions.  MPT questions are part of the bar exam in many jurisdictions and are the best available example of the legal research questions that will be on the NextGen Bar Exam.

Students enrolling in the 2023 1L class will be the first to sit for the NextGen Bar Exam – congratulations!