University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Cynthia Landau

Librarian Emeritus

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Professor Landau was the Assistant Director of the Law Library, and was responsible for library collection development. She also assisted with reference services and administrative duties in the library, and taught the research portion of the Legal Skills I course.

“After receiving my master’s in library science, I participated in the formative years of the library of Delaware Law School of Widener University. There, I developed an interest in legal bibliography. I decided to go to law school so that I might eventually be able to teach legal research and writing, in addition to being a librarian. My observations were that the legal research and writing programs were neglected in many law schools, and I wanted to help improve this area of legal education.

I was pleased to be involved at the Law Center in the dual capacity of librarian and professor. As a librarian, I was able to help develop the library collection, and reader services to promote more complete and knowledgeable use of the collection by all patrons. However, in a law school library it is not sufficient for librarians to simply show law students how to find a particular answer to a particular question.

The students’ training must be broader and more comprehensive, so that they are able to plan a strategy to locate all relevant legal authorities, whether those authorities are in print, from high–end commercial online vendors, or from the free web; and then use those authorities to advocate for clients, incorporating this information into a piece of effective legal writing.

As a professor for Legal Skills, I was able to work toward the goal of developing the students’ knowledge to this level. The acquisition of good legal research, analytical, and writing skills is an essential part of every law student’s training. My contacts with the students at the Law Center, both in the classroom and on an individual basis, gave me an opportunity to contribute to this important part of their education.”

As a moot court board advisor, Professor Landau helped prepare UNH Law students for these competitions:

  • BMI/Cardozo, Copyright/Entertainment Competition
  • Evans V. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
  • Giles Sutherland Rich, Patent Law Competition
  • Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition
  • Ruby R. Vale Corporate Moot Court Competition
  • Saul Lefkowitz Trademarks Competition

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