The Case for Competency

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The importance of research competency is widely acknowledged in disciplines within and beyond the legal community, as supported by academic research findings and studies documenting essential skills for the twenty-first century workplace. This literature shows notable evidence of lagging skills in many research-intensive areas, including the field of law. In its call for a systematic revision of legal education, the Carnegie Foundation's 2007 report, Educating Lawyers, advocated for the incorporation of practical instruction which was echoed by practitioners demanding minimum competencies in pragmatic abilities. A year later, the Carnegie Report findings were reinforced by a report of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar recommending "a more overt reliance on outcomes measures" in law school accreditation standards.

(Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency, Introduction, 2013)

Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency, approved by the AALL Executive Board July 11, 2013

Promoting the AALL Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency Task Force Charges and Reports to the AALL Executive Board:

July, 2013 Promoting the AALL Legal Research Principles, Competencies and Standards for Law Student Information Literacy Task Force Report

July, 2012 Legal Research Competencies and Standards for Law Student Information Literacy

April, 2011 Law Student Research Competencies and Information Literacy Principles Report

March, 2011 Law Student Research Competency Standards Task Force Report

July, 2010 Law Student Research Competency Standards Task Force Charge

Second Conference on Legal Information: Scholarship and Teaching, The Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education: Signature Pedagogy Statement (July 10, 2010).

Conference on Legal Information: Scholarship and Teaching, The Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education (June 22, 2009).

A.B.A. Section of Legal Educ. & Admissions To The Bar, Report of the Outcome Measures Committee 13-15 (July 27, 2008).

William M. Sullivan et al ., Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Practice of Law (2007) (Carnegie Report).

A.B.A. Section Of Legal Educ. & Admissions To The Bar, Legal Education And Professional Development-An Educational Continuum: Report Of The Task Force On Law Schools And The Profession: Narrowing The Gap(1992). (MacCrate Report)

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Resources

See Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000), approved by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and endorsed both by the American Association for Higher Education and the Council of Independent Colleges, as well as the significant body of literature on information literacy that has developed over the years.

For additional resources see the Further Reading section.