PORTT — Practice Oriented Research Tips and Training (PORTT) Certificate Program is an intense skill-building program designed to get students ready to add value on the job from day one. Some of the topics covered include cost-effective research, practice-oriented resources and databases, state specific research, legal technology, and court and public records.
The program is designed and taught by Penn State Law Library Faculty. In order to receive an official Law School certificate of completion and recognition on the PORTT website students must attend six hours of classroom instruction.
2017 PORTT Schedule:
Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
- March 14 – Where to Begin Research and Practice Oriented Secondary Sources
- March 21 – State Specific Research and State Legislative History Research
- March 28 – Power Searching; Free Legal Research Sources; and Ethical Billing
- April 4 – Records Research: Court, Public, and Corporate
- April 11 – Legal Technology
- April 18 – Foreign and International Legal Research Basics
Please register online by March 13.
“PORTT taught me countless invaluable skills that I will certainly be able to use in practice. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the various productivity tools that lawyers are using to keep connected to their clients and educated in their field. The thorough examination of the advanced research strategies by the Penn State Law Library Faculty taught me to utilize the legal resources available in the law library and online in a unique way that I could not find in the traditional law school class. Thanks again!” — Sean Jordan
"As someone who will be practicing with a firm after graduation, the majority of my time over the next several years will be spent researching and writing. Any chance to gain additional experience in these skills will be helpful in my preparation to practice.” — Student comment
2016 PORTT Certificate Holders
Thomas Brier, Jr.
Quandalasha Q. Fambro
Andrew C. Fillmore
|Gerard W. Gaughan
Lanique A. Roberts
2015 PORTT Certificate Holders
|Jose Abad Merchan
Andrey De Vasconcelos
|Sarah Raquel Lisle
2014 PORTT Certificate Holders
2013 PORTT Certificate Holders
2012 PORTT Certificate Holders