University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Law Practice Information Literacy: Using the Open Web for IP

Any student interested in any aspect of IP and neighboring rights practice should consider taking this course. All fields of IP and neighboring rights require information on the spectrum that includes litigation, transactional, corporate, policy, research and academic work products. Employers value practice ready law graduates. Surveys show employers are unhappy with the ineffective and costly information seeking behaviors of new law graduates. This course aims to be part of the solution. Employer dissatisfaction has paralleled the explosion of law and fact resources on the open web (its now really "free" since someone is paying for the sites!). Based on problems from all fields of IP and neighboring rights, drawn from the spectrum that includes litigation, transactional, corporate, policy, research and academic work products, students will be coached how to find and evaluate open web solutions. The in class experience includes lecture, hands on, team efforts, presentations and more. This is the first version of this course and the instructor will look to students to help make the course more effective for later classes. Come and learn the open sources as in tight economic times, many institutions are eliminating premium services. If you are addicted to Wexis - let's break that. If you have avoided research during law school - its time to build your marketable capacity.