The Research Request Tool is a secure website that facilitates a process in which attorneys from Legal Aid of East Tennessee request research to be completed by law students at the University of Tennessee.
To use the tool, attorneys login to the website and complete an online form with information about the request including client information, type of research needed, deadlines and attorney contact information. The request is then reviewed through a process at the law school and accepted or rejected.
The law school has a system which allows them to check for conflicts with their clinical programs, have faculty review the requests, and assign the requests to students. Once students are assigned research, they use the online information to begin their research, contact the attorney and ultimately upload the completed research to the system so that all research is saved in "research bank" for future use.
More information is available from lsntap.org.
David R. Yoder
Legal Aid of East Tennessee