FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 13, 2011
Director of Marketing and Communications
Oklahoma City University School of Law
OCU LAW Program Featured on Wall Street Journal Blog
(OKLAHOMA CITY – December 13, 2011) – The Wall Street Journal law blog recently posted a story about Oklahoma City University School of Law’s Cool Tools Café. The story originated from an Oklahoma blog and since the Wall Street Journal picked it up, it has gone viral. OCU LAW librarians have been fielding emails from across the country about the Cool Tools Café since the story posted.
The Cool Tools Café is a training session team taught by OCU LAW’s five JD degreed librarians. During the training session, each librarian demonstrated two or three of their favorite research or task management technology tools. Similar programs offered at the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting and other legal and technological conferences were the inspiration for the OCU LAW Cool Tools Café.
The Cool Tools Café is one of many training sessions offered as part of OCU LAW’s Certificate of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills. Right now, more than 150 law students are pursuing this innovative certificate – the only one of its kind offered by an Oklahoma law school. It gives students a way to improve their legal research skills by completing free training sessions offered in the law library throughout their studies at OCU LAW. This certificate program is also drawing attention from other law schools nationwide.
“The certificate program was created to give students a chance to improve their research skills and give them a credential that makes them more attractive to legal employers,” said Lee Peoples, OCU LAW Professor and Law Library Director. “We realized that students wanted a refresher on legal research before graduation but many were not able to fit our two credit hour Advanced Legal Research Course into their schedules.”
“With as competitive and tight as the job market has become, we believe this advanced training gives our students a competitive edge when applying for jobs,” said Jennifer Prilliman, OCU LAW Reference Librarian for Public, Clinical, and Student Services. “Because it is an additional time investment for the students, I think participation also shows a willingness to go above and beyond an already demanding law school curriculum to be prepared to be competent practicing attorneys.”
For more on the Certificate of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills, click here.
To see the Wall Street Journal blog post, click here.