Thank you for your interest in HeadStart. We are on a hiatus for 2024, but are planning to return for the Summer of 2025. Updates and information on the HeadStart workshop will be posted at HeadStart Announcements.

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 generally takes place in June. Many firms send their students to this workshop; please contact your firm if you’re interested in attending.

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 the HeadStart Materials for sample materials from past years.

HeadStart is an event developed and provided by the Edmonton Law Libraries Association in partnership with the University of Alberta J.A. Weir Law Library.