Legal Research Certificate Program

The Legal Research Certificate Program is designed to provide law students of all ability levels with the research tools necessary for success in internships, externships, summer associate positions, or for your first position as a newly-minted attorney.

Students have the opportunity to select from a number of classes on different topics of research offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Topics cover a wide range of areas and will provide an excellent grounding as you begin to combine the knowledge gained in school with the actual practice of law. Students are free to attend as few or as many classes as desired; however, to complete the Certificate Program, students must attend and complete the quizzes for a total of 12 classes, including 5 in-person classes and 8 required classes, by the time they graduate.

How Do I Earn it?

To earn the certification, a student must:

  • Register for, and attend/view, a total of twelve (12) classes before graduating;
  • Complete the post-class quiz for the twelve (12) courses attended/viewed;
  • Attend at leave five (5) classes in person;
  • Attend/View and complete the post-class quiz for at least one class in each of eight (8) specified categories: (1) Secondary Source Research, (2) Case Law Research, (3) Statutory Research, (4) Free and Low Cost Research Alternatives, (5) Foreign Law Research OR International Law Research, (6) Federal Administrative Law Research OR California Administrative Law Research, (7) Federal Legislative History Research OR California Legislative History Research, and (8) Precision Searching

To find out more, visit the program's Blackboard site:

  • Go to http://uchastings.blackboard.com.
  • Log in using your U.C. Hastings Username and Password (same as your email)
  • Click on "Courses" and do a Course Search for "certificate"
  • Click on the Course ID (001-cert-legal-research) and select "Enroll"