Like Sands through the Hourglass: How to Develop a Good Legal Research Problem Academic Article uri icon


  • Attorneys have a duty to conduct adequate legal research. Law schools have an obligation to educate students in the standard research techniques. To learn research, students must actually perform research using research problems. Therefore, professors must design appropriate problems for students to learn research skills. The first part of this article discusses the fundamentals of developing a research problem. The second part provides examples of research problems with an explanation of their development.

published proceedings

  • Legal Reference Services Quarterly

author list (cited authors)

  • Phillips, S. T

complete list of authors

  • Phillips, Susan T

publication date

  • January 2009