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Survey of Law School Faculty & Administration: Docket Searching Practices

  • ID: 4790450
  • Report
  • 50 Pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The study presents data and commentary on docket searching practices from a survey of 75 law school faculty and administration drawn from 56 law schools, predominantly in the USA.

The study looks closely at how law school faculty and staff evaluate the aid and training that they have received from their law libraries in maximizing their skills in docket searching, for state and the Federal courts.  The study gives precise data on what percentage of law school populations use popular and more obscure law docket searching applications, including but not limited to: PACER, Bloomberg Law Docket Searching, Docket Alarm, Westlaw Dockets, and CourtLink, among others.

Just a few of this 50-page report’s many findings are:

  • Deans and administrators were the most self-critical about their docket searching skills with more than 60% feel that their skills were deficient.
  • 72.41% of the professors sampled said that they had never received any formal training in docket searching.
  • 14.55% of those sampled had viewed a video or had some other form of formal training in searching state court dockets.
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1. THE QUESTIONNAIRE   

2. PARTICIPANTS LIST   

  • Characteristics of the Sample

3. SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   

  • How are attorneys trained for docket searching in your organization?
  • Self-assessed level of proficiency in docket searching
  • Percentage of respondents seeking help from law librarians for docket searching
  • Percentage of Respondents with formal training in Pacer, state court docket use and US Supreme Court docket use
  • Survey participants evaluation of law library efforts in teaching docket searching skills
  • Extent of use of PACER
  • Use of major docket searching services and applications
  • Use of Bloomberg Law Docket Searching
  • Use of CourtLink
  • Use of Westlaw Dockets
  • Formally or informally, how are attorneys and paralegals trained in docket searching at your organization?  By whom? In what ways? To what effect? Broken out by work title of the survey participant

List of Tables
Table 1.1 About how professional are you at getting the information you need in docket searching?   
Table 1.2 About how professional are you at getting the information you need in docket searching? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 1.3 About how professional are you at getting the information you need in docket searching? Broken out by personal age of the survey participant?   
Table 1.4 About how professional are you at getting the information you need in docket searching? Broken out by the self-assessed level of personal familiarity with emerging legal sector technology   
Table 1.5 About how professional are you at getting the information you need in docket searching? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 1.6 About how professional are you at getting the information you need in docket searching? Broken out major field of legal specialty   
Table 2.1 Have you ever sought or received any formal training in docket searching from a law librarian?   
Table 2.2 Have you ever sought or received any formal training in docket searching from a law librarian? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 2.3 Have you ever sought or received any formal training in docket searching from a law librarian? Broken out by personal age of the survey participant?   
Table 2.4 Have you ever sought or received any formal training in docket searching from a law librarian? Broken out by a self-assessed level of personal familiarity with emerging legal sector technology   
Table 2.5 Have you ever sought or received any formal training in docket searching from a law librarian? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.6 Have you ever sought or received any formal training in docket searching from a law librarian? Broken out major field of legal specialty   
Table 3 Have you ever take a video tutorial or other training in docket searching for any of the following?   
Table 3.1.1 Have you ever take a video tutorial or other training in docket searching using PACER?   
Table 3.1.2 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in using PACER? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 3.1.3 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in using PACER? Broken out by personal age of the survey participant?   
Table 3.1.4 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in using PACER? Broken out by a self-assessed level of personal familiarity with emerging legal sector technology   
Table 3.1.5 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in using PACER? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 3.1.6 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in using PACER? Broken out major field of legal specialty   
Table 3.2.1 Have you ever take a video tutorial or other training in docket searching using state courts?   
Table 3.2.2 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in the use of state court dockets? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 3.2.3 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in the use of state court dockets? Broken out by personal age of the survey participant?   
Table 3.2.4 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in the use of state court dockets? Broken out by a self-assessed level of personal familiarity with emerging legal sector technology   
Table 3.2.5 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in the use of state court dockets? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 3.2.6 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in the use of state court dockets? Broken out major field of legal specialty   
Table 3.3.1 Have you ever take a video tutorial or other training in docket searching using the US supreme court?   
Table 3.3.2 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in the use of the US Supreme Court Docket? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 3.3.3 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in the use of the US Supreme Court Docket? Broken out by personal age of the survey participant?   
Table 3.3.4 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in the use of the US Supreme Court Docket? Broken out by a self-assessed level of personal familiarity with emerging legal sector technology   
Table 3.3.5 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in the use of the US Supreme Court Docket? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 3.3.6 Have you ever taken a video tutorial or had other training in the use of the US Supreme Court Docket? Broken out major field of legal specialty   
Table 4.1 How effective is your organization's law library in teaching needed skills in docket searching?   
Table 4.2 How effective is your organization's law library in teaching needed skills in docket searching? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 4.3 How effective is your organization's law library in teaching needed skills in docket searching? Broken out by personal age of the survey participant?   
Table 4.4 How effective is your organization's law library in teaching needed skills in docket searching? Broken out by a self-assessed level of personal familiarity with emerging legal sector technology   
Table 4.5 How effective is your organization's law library in teaching needed skills in docket searching? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 4.6 How effective is your organization's law library in teaching needed skills in docket searching? Broken out major field of legal specialty   
Table 5.1 How much do you use PACER?   
Table 5.2 How much do you use PACER? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 5.3 How much do you use PACER? Broken out by personal age of the survey participant?   
Table 5.4 How much do you use PACER? Broken out by a self-assessed level of personal familiarity with emerging legal sector technology   
Table 5.5 How much do you use PACER? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 5.6 How much do you use PACER? Broken out major field of legal specialty   
Table 6 Have you personally ever used any of the following services for docket searching?   
Table 6.1.1 Have you personally ever used Bloomberg Law Docket Searching for docket searching?   
Table 6.1.2 Have you personally ever used Bloomberg Law Docket Searching for docket searching? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 6.1.3 Have you personally ever used Bloomberg Law Docket Searching for docket searching? Broken out by personal age of the survey participant?   
Table 6.1.4 Have you personally ever used Bloomberg Law Docket Searching for docket searching? Broken out by a self-assessed level of personal familiarity with emerging legal sector technology   
Table 6.1.5 Have you personally ever used Bloomberg Law Docket Searching for docket searching? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 6.1.6 Have you personally ever used Bloomberg Law Docket Searching for docket searching? Broken out major field of legal specialty   
Table 6.2.1 Have you personally ever used LexisNexis CourtLink for docket searching?   
Table 6.2.2 Have you personally ever used LexisNexis CourtLink for docket searching? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 6.2.3 Have you personally ever used LexisNexis CourtLink for docket searching? Broken out by personal age of the survey participant?   
Table 6.2.4 Have you personally ever used LexisNexis CourtLink for docket searching? Broken out by a self-assessed level of personal familiarity with emerging legal sector technology   
Table 6.2.5 Have you personally ever used LexisNexis CourtLink for docket searching? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 6.2.6 Have you personally ever used LexisNexis CourtLink for docket searching? Broken out major field of legal specialty   
Table 6.3.1 Have you personally ever used WestLaw Dockets for docket searching?   
Table 6.3.2 Have you personally ever used WestLaw Dockets for docket searching? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 6.3.3 Have you personally ever used WestLaw Dockets for docket searching? Broken out by personal age of the survey participant?   
Table 6.3.4 Have you personally ever used WestLaw Dockets for docket searching? Broken out by a self-assessed level of personal familiarity with emerging legal sector technology   
Table 6.3.5 Have you personally ever used WestLaw Dockets for docket searching? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 6.3.6 Have you personally ever used WestLaw Dockets for docket searching? Broken out major field of legal specialty   
Table 6.4.1 Have you personally ever used FastCase and/or Docket Alarm for docket searching?   
Table 6.4.2 Have you personally ever used FastCase and/or Docket Alarm for docket searching? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 6.4.3 Have you personally ever used FastCase and/or Docket Alarm for docket searching? Broken out by personal age of the survey participant?   
Table 6.4.4 Have you personally ever used FastCase and/or Docket Alarm for docket searching? Broken out by a self-assessed level of personal familiarity with emerging legal sector technology   
Table 6.4.5 Have you personally ever used FastCase and/or Docket Alarm for docket searching? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 6.4.6 Have you personally ever used FastCase and/or Docket Alarm for docket searching? Broken out major field of legal specialty

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