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Student Services: Instructional Opportunities

A guide to Library Services for TTU Law students

Excellence in Legal Research

The Law Library at the Texas Tech University School of Law offers a non-credit program Excellence in Legal Research Program. After meeting the requirements of this program, students can list proudly on their resumes they they have completed the Excellence in Legal Research Program as proof of the research skills they offer prospective employers.

What Does it Take?

To meet the requirements of the Excellence in Legal Research Program, a student must complete twenty clock hours of instruction and assessment. Each class consists of one or two hours of lecture and demonstration and a skills assessment. The majority of class time is spent practicing practical skills that students will use in practice.  In order to earn credit for each class, the student must satisfactorily complete the skills assessment.

Students may begin the program as early as the second semester of their first year of law school and complete the required number of hours any time before they graduate. Classes are offered every semester and during the summer session. Classes are conducted in print research, electronic research, and in general research topics.

When a student completes the program, he or she will receive a professionally-printed certificate suitable for framing and hanging on an office wall.

Contact Information

More details, including directions to register for the program, can be found in the Excellence in Legal Research Guide. For additional questions about the Excellence in Legal Research Program, please contact Professor Drake, the Assistant Director for Operations & Educational Programs, at or 806-834-3583.

One-on-One Research Consults

Contact a reference librarian to set up an independent research consult appointment for help on your journal comments, seminar papers, independent research papers, or other research projects.

Peanut Butter & Jelly ... and a Demo Series

The law library regularly hosts a free peanut butter and jelly bar in the Collaborative Commons. Students can stop by, fix a sandwich (or two), and watch a quick demo of a useful library resource.