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Premier legal research center at USD serves students, community alike

Not just your average law library, the Pardee Legal Research Center (LRC) on campus at the University of San Diego is the region's "premier legal collection and facility."

"Both the building and services are specifically designed to meet student and faculty research needs," said Director Nancy Carol Carter. "In addition to a fine collection of books, the library offers computer research services, a very strong microforms and documents collection and generous space for work and study. The library is open seven days per week on a schedule of 108 hours. Professional reference service is available during a majority of the library's operating hours."

USD paralegal students enjoy full access to the LRC. Each student takes a tour with John Adkins, head of the LRC's public services, to become familiar with the layout of the center and learn about resources they will use to complete assignments during the program. Often instructors participate in the assignment-oriented tour to point out key resources for their projects.

"We want paralegal students to feel as comfortable here as any other student," Adkins said.

Legal Research classes are frequently held at the LRC, allowing students immediate access to the materials they need.

Also available in the LRC is a complete computer lab and more than 200 active data outlets for those wishing to use laptops. Used by not only the USD community, but also the San Diego legal community, graduates often return to the LRC to make use of this outstanding facility.

For more information about the Pardee Legal Research Center, visit the Web site at www.sandiego.edu/lrc.

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