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The Edmonton Law Libraries Association and the University of Alberta J.A. Weir Law Library are proud to present the 18th Annual HeadStart Program. HeadStart is a legal research workshop for law and library students and new graduates entering the legal workplace. If you want to begin your article term with a research refresher, talk to your firm about attending the workshop.

June 14th, 2019 8:30 am to 5:00pm
University of Alberta, Law Centre 237
$50 + fees, incl. continental breakfast, lunch & coffee

Register Today! Space is limited.
Registration closes on June 2, 2019.


8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-9:00 Opening Remarks – Judge Dixon
9:00-9:30 Coffee & Continental Breakfast
9:30-12:00 Comprehensive Search Strategies (incl: secondary sources, legal databases, and case law) (w/exercise & break) – Dolores Noga
12:00-1:00 Lunch
12:45-1:00 Library Resources available at Alberta Law Libraries & J.A. Weir Law Library
1:00-3:00 Legislative Research & Legislative Process (w/exercise) – Sara Tokay
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:00 Practical Strategies for Legal Research from a practicing lawyer – Leah Fitzgerald
4:00-4:45 A panel of recent law school grads discussing the role of legal research in their jobs – Fraser Genuis , Michael Swanberg, and Andrea Bailer
4:45-5:00 Closing Remarks

*Please note we will be updating the agenda on an ongoing basis.

What is HeadStart?

HeadStart is an intensive and practical legal research workshop for law and library students entering the legal workplace. Lunch and coffee breaks are included.

Registration opens in the spring; the workshop takes place in June. Many firms send their students to this event; please contact your firm.

Information on the next HeadStart workshop will be posted at HeadStart Announcements.

A typical workshop may include:

  • Practical Strategies for Legal Research
  • Alberta Legislation – Print and Online
  • Federal Legislation – Print and Online
  • Legislation – Hands On Exercises
  • Secondary Sources – Textbooks and CED – Print and Online
  • Dealing with Caselaw Research Costs
  • Secondary Sources – Hands On Exercises
  • Output: Memos, Opinions, Arguments
  • Alberta Law Libraries – Edmonton Tour

Also see HeadStart Materials for sample materials from past years.

HeadStart is an annual event developed and provided by members of ELLA.