Huge thank-yous to Michael Grant, Baltics Regional Resident Legal Advisor, United States Department of Justice, U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia, for his very inspirational lecture “U.S. Perspective: Legal Education&Research” to our Y1 LL.B. students on 20 September as a part of RGSL Research week activities.
And here are some of Michael’s tips and tricks for a successful research – “a life and blood of a lawyer”:
• Start from the basics – understand your authorities
• Use a variety of sources
• Learn how to refine your search terms
• Stay focused on the issue
• Know when you are done
• Take a methodical approach.
M.Grant also suggested for students to take part in the Moot court teams as a part of extracurricular activities, as the preparation process and debates can enhance the teamwork and help to get over stage fright, among other things.
Last academic year students at RGSL took part in three international Moot court competitions - Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition and Levan Alexidze Moot Court in Georgia, as well as local Moot court competitions in Latvia. The information about this year’s Moot courts and coaches will be available soon.