Upcoming Seminar on Free Legal Research, June 27, 2012 – San Diego

On June 27, 2012, the National Business Institute is sponsoring a seminar in San Diego entitled, “Find it Free and Fast on the Web: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web.” Albeit the seminar carries a $339 registration fee, the NBI is offering the seminar for six (6) California CLE credits. I’m planning on attending, so save yourself the registration fee and I’ll offer up a full report.

An excerpt of the program description follows, and for a link to the registration site, click here.

Harness the Many Uses of the Internet

The way we use the internet today is leagues away from how it was being used even five years ago. In order to keep the pace, you need streamlined research skills that will make the internet an asset rather than a liability for your firm. How do your skills stack up? Do you know the best, most efficient ways to get what you need? At this informative seminar, we can show you how to harness the internet as an excellent resource. Register today!

  • Use our quick browser tricks to scan web pages and find relevant information fast.
  • Uncover legal research shortcuts by identifying free legal portals and meta sites.
  • Locate pages that “aren’t” there anymore using the invisible web.
  • Avoid an unnecessary trip to the library – get statutes, bills, regulations and legislative history online.
  • Find anything from vital statistics to professional licenses – we’ll show you where to look.
  • Cut your document preparation time dramatically by referring to sample briefs, motions and settlements you can obtain from the internet.
  • Know how to use the web to find phone numbers and addresses of missing people.
  • Examine online company directories, stock quotes and SEC filings to conduct due diligence.

Course Content

  1. How to Search Like a Pro
  2. Discover the Invisible Web
  3. Finding Free Legal Research Sites and Free Case Law
  4. Government Internet Resources: Federal State and Local
  5. Investigative Research: Public Records and “Publicly Available” Information
  6. Finding “Practice” Tools
  7. Locating Persons and Finding Background Information
  8. Locating Companies for Due Diligence and Background Information

Unlimited Free Lexis Searches of California Cases and Statutes

If you’re a California attorney or you’re researching California caselaw, this post is for you. Through the California Courts website, you can access the Lexis California database (cases from 1850 to present) … for free!

This means unlimited searches, retrieval, and saving (for personal use only). The free service also includes Deering’s Annotated Code and the Unannotated California Code. However, be aware that, from the portal, you are unable to access the Shepard’s feature.

To access the portal, click here. Select “Official Reports Opinions” and accept the Terms and Conditions.


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