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Northern Illinois University Law Review


Legal research is typically taught in a predictable, traditional way, but this doctrinal approach does not provide the skills and techniques needed for research in support of social justice efforts. This essay discusses a legal research course that I teach called Research for Social Justice, which incorporates critical and alternative methodologies that are not usually taught in legal research classes. After describing the content of the course, I focus on explaining what alternative legal research would entail, including a discussion of some alternative methods and strategies that I teach in my course with the goal of introducing students to a wide variety of potential skills and tools that they may have never previously connected with legal research.

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Tanya M. Johnson, On Bringing Alternative Methods to Legal Research Instruction, 43 N. Ill. Univ. L. Rev. 248 (2023).

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