Legal research for law intern & its Benefits

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Legal research is generally the process of finding an answer to a legal question or checking for legal precedent that can be cited in a brief or at trial.  Practically, every lawsuit, appeal, criminal case, and legal process  requires some amount of legal research.

An Advocate may review statutes, secondary authority  and  caselaw with a similar fact pattern can give the attorney an idea of before deciding how to proceed with the case.

Similarly, a corporate lawyer may conduct legal research in order to determine whether a proposed new policy would expose the company to liability. This may include research into building codes, employment laws, or federal environmental regulations.

The advantages of legal research are the lawyer’s understanding and analysis of a case often begin in the research stage when he identifies the relevant facts and determines the legal issues that must be researched. As they find seemingly relevant legal materials, they must understand them and how they apply to the facts of their case.