Award Program Celebrates its 100th Recipient

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“The librarians that took time out of their days to put on the classes did so because they wanted students to learn and benefit, and their passion for teaching research strategies could be felt in every class. They kept even the drier information interesting and made research fun!”   – D.J. Burrus, 1L

Please join the Law Library in celebrating the 100th recipient of its Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills program (Award Program). Inaugurated in the spring of 2011, our Award Program is designed to provide law students with additional training in legal research skills to supplement the instruction provided as part of the first-year Legal Research and Writing course. Since the program’s inception, reference librarians have taught over 150 classes unique to the Award Program; in addition, over one-half of our currently enrolled students have started accumulating points toward the Award.

The 100th Award recipient is D.J. Burrus, a first-year law student and President of Merit Scholars. Mr. Burrus feels that the Award Program has been a rewarding experience: “Not only did it help me understand the basics of various legal research strategies, but it also gave me an edge on nearly every assignment I’ve had so far in law school. Briefs, research projects, class notes, and even participating in moot court oral arguments benefited from the information I learned in the legal research classes.”

He found one of the benefits of the Award Program to be learning more efficient and effective research strategies: “Instead of spending hours on my own trying to develop a research strategy, I was able to quickly and efficiently get my research done, using a variety of databases. Without this program, my research would not have been nearly as complete or in-depth.”

Mr. Burrus, who will be interning this summer at the Bass Law Firm in Oklahoma City, believes that “this program can and will benefit every student that chooses to participate and learn,” and that he “would not feel nearly as confident going into [his] internship this summer” if he had not participated in the Award Program.

Several of this semester’s Award recipients are featured in the LL lobby display case. Congratulations to all students who have received the Award!


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