No Legal Research Clickbait
In legal research, we’ve all gone down rabbit holes: we start researching contracts and end up in wills; we start in landlord/tenant issues and end up in torts. It happens to the best of us, even those of us trained to be efficient. Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about how I can teach my students efficiency; to avoid the temptation of clicking on one case, and then another, and another, all leading them away from where they started, whether it’s in a helpful secondary source or the Notes of Decision. How can I get them to stay with the source they landed on in the first place? I want them to read through that resource, to comprehend that source first before they get tempted by the legal research clickbait.
One strategy is to go back to the basics: print the page. I know it’s not the