Research logs and plans are often used in Advanced Legal Research courses. Logs keep track of every research step, and plans keep research on-track while providing guidance. As you become more familiar with areas of the law and more comfortable as an attorney, you probably won't need to keep track of your research in this way. But until you reach that point, it's a good idea to keep yourself organized and track your work in this way. If you fail to find what you need the first time, you can ensure you don't repeat the same mistakes. You can also account to an associate or supervisor for the work you have done. How you plan and track your work depends on what works best for you, but here are some suggestions.
Research Plan Suggestions
Research Log Suggestions
Each time you locate and read a source, keep track of:
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