The Edmonton Law Libraries Association and the University of Alberta University of Alberta J.A. Weir Law Library are proud to present HeadStart 2023. 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, register as an individual or talk to your firm/organization about attending the workshop. For more information, to view the agenda & FAQs, and to register please visit the HeadStart 2023 event page. 

When: June 23, 2023 from 8:00am-5:00pm 

Where: University of Alberta Law Centre, McLennan Ross Hall (Room 231/237)

Tickets: $50 per person incl. continental breakfast, lunch & coffee. 

Please Note: Space is limited and registration will close on June 12th. The invoice deadline to pay for ticket(s) is June 16th. 

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.