This is the time of year when students are preparing for summer internships. During the next few weeks you can look here from time to time for hints and tips on how to make the research portion of your summer internship a little more easy and productive. Don't forget that if you are working for a judge, a firm, or an agency, one of the primary things you'll be doing ths summer is, in fact, research.
Today's tip comes from firm librarian Mary Jane Slipsky at the recent SEAAL Conference. She says that among other things students should know the court structure of the state in which they are working.
That's right. It is very bad to be doing research on New York law and not know that the New York Supreme Court is NOT the court of last resort in New York state. That role is filled by the Court of Appeals.
Need a quick way to check? The National Center For State Courts website is a great place to start. Try the "court structure" links on the State Court Websites page. Here's a link to the New York Courts Structure Chart so you can see what you'll get. While you're looking through the NCSC site, try out the Information & Resources page.