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Legal research is the process of finding the relevant law and persuasive materials needed to analyze legal issues and advocate for clients.
Efficient Legal Research?
Legal research is efficient when the relevant material is found in the least possible time at the lowest possible cost.
Legal Research Process?
The legal research process is the series of steps taken to conduct efficient legal research.
It is a good idea to follow a legal research process so you will not miss any legal research steps.
Click to see a useful flowchart of the process of legal research from the Loyola University law library website.
It is always a good idea to follow a written research plan and chart and record your research results as you go.
Why? If you record your research steps and results:
Example Research Results Plan and Chart
Click here for a Microsoft Word file.
At some point you must FINISH your research and start writing something or advising your client.
How to Tell When You are Finished
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