Nearly all U.S. law schools include an Advanced Legal Research course as an elective course for second and third-year students. The justification for the course is obvious, and proponents of advanced courses have succeeded easily in convincing law school curriculum committees to approve chem. Most Advanced Legal Research courses also use "real-world figures" (guest speakers) ro supplement and enhance the instruction provided by the professors of the courses.3 The experiences and current positions of rhe "real-world" speakers are diverse, including librarians, attorneys, publisher/vendor representatives, and government officials. This article discusses the reasons for using real-world figures in Advanced Legal Research courses, who some of those real-world figures are, and the advantages and disadvantages of outside speakers in the classroom. It also includes, where appropriate, illuscrarions from the use of realworld figures in the Advanced Legal Research course at the University of Alabama School of Law.
Timothy L. Coggins, Bringing the "Real World" to Advance Legal Research, 6 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 19 (1997).