Thank you for attending HeadStart 2023! We hope you had a day full of helpful legal research learning and networking. Please remember to fill out the feedback form, so that we can continue to make HeadStart better and better. For materials that have been provided by speakers, please see the Materials page.

What is HeadStart?

HeadStart is an intensive and practical legal research workshop for current and graduating law and library students. It is designed to cover all major areas of legal research, practically, which will provide participants with the practical research skills they need to enter the legal workplace. Speakers include: practicing lawyers and judges, law librarians, and other legal information professionals. 

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
  • Legislative Research & Legislative Process– Canada & Alberta
  • Secondary Sources – Textbooks, Legal Encyclopedias, Databases & more
  • Dealing with Case Law Research Costs
  • Case Law – Canada & Alberta 
  • Legal Writing Tips & Strategies
  • Panel of recent law school grads discussing the role of legal research in their jobs

Also see HeadStart Materials for sample materials from past years.

HeadStart is an event developed and provided by members of Edmonton Association of Law Libraries.