Legal Research on the Web – March & April 2010

I periodically get asked what courses are available for getting up to speed on how to conduct legal research. Clare Mauro has been the instructor for the Legal Research on the Web course at the Professional Learning Centre, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, for a number of years now. The next sign up for this popular course (with description) is as follows:

Legal Research on the Web
Mon. 1 Mar 2010 – Sat. 17 Apr 2010
7 weeks
Instructor: Clare Mauro
Fee: $435.00 Cdn
Location: online
Cert: optional
Status: open

This is an in-depth instructor-led web course focusing on legal research skills using Internet resources. Weekly classes cover a variety of law-related topics: participants are expected to read the weekly online course readings, use the web to practice the skills taught each week, participate in interactive online discussion groups with the instructor and fellow participants, and complete short written assignments based on the material covered. This course is aimed at librarians, articling students, researchers, government employees and those conducting legal research particularly within a legal environment. The course is at the introductory to intermediate level and assumes basic knowledge of using web resources.

“I am becoming addicted to the chase and can hardly wait to see what each Monday will bring. I am also amazed at how comprehensive your materials are.”
“I would recommend this course to everyone. I wish there were more like it. I went to Internet sites and accessed information I never knew was available and which will be most useful in my job.”

Additional courses available online soon from the PLC:

Records Management Practice
Mon. 8 Mar 2010 – Sat. 24 Apr 2010

Records Management Fundamentals
Mon. 22 Mar 2010 – Sun. 16 May 2010

Disclaimer: I’m not just a student, but I’m also an instructor at the PLC.


  1. I have taken the legal research course and can attest to how useful it is. In our market it is difficult to find people with law library experience. Having this course available online is very helpful for employers who hire someone with only library training and experience.

  2. Update: Eva at the PLC says this is the last chance to take this course before Fall 2010.