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LexisNexis Commitment to Training Future Legal Professionals
By Harriet Atkins, Law School Marketing Specialist
The time is rapidly approaching when this year's Summer Associates will be descending on your organization. Often the bulk of the orientation and training of these Associates will fall upon the librarian and library staff.
We want you to know that LexisNexis is committed to ensuring that law students learn the most efficient and cost-effective search techniques available -- not only to help them in their legal studies while they're in school, but also to help them quickly become productive members of their future organizations. And we provide several special training programs for law students especially designed for this purpose.
LexisNexis Tutorials present a guided tour of the LexisNexis Research System providing students with the skills they need for efficient searching. Tutorials provide assistance with both basic and advanced research skills. Students can assess the skills they have learned by completing a quiz at the end of each tutorial.
The LexisNexis National Certification program aids students in learning cost-effective research methods and provides an opportunity to learn to research specific areas of law. Students are taught how much their searches would cost in a firm setting, as well as techniques to avoid incurring extra charges. There are currently two levels to the National Certification program - Certificate of Competency and Certificate of Mastery.
The Certificate of Competency helps students build essential cost-effective research skills using the LexisNexis Research System. The Certificate of Mastery helps students to develop research skills for specific areas of law. Corporate Securities, Tax and Federal Litigation are the areas of law currently available, and additional areas of law will be released in fall 2004. To pass exams, students must receive a grade of 80% or higher.
In addition to LexisNexis tutorials and LexisNexis certification, students are encouraged to attend training sessions with their LexisNexis law school account representative. Training sessions are tailored to individual student needs as well as to the academic needs of the specific law school. Students also receive bi-monthly newsletters that include information about specific LexisNexis features, functionality and products that are important to law school research and ultimately to the practice of law.
Both print and online literature is also available to the students at http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/resource/reference/. This literature reinforces the goal of teaching students the most efficient and cost-efficient research techniques. Print and online literature is available for learning the basics of LexisNexis, as well as for advanced and area-of-law searching.
Finally, law students have access to LexisNexis Customer Support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can either call LexisNexis Customer Support or chat with a representative online using Live Research Help.
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