The information revolution has dramatically altered the legal research landscape, expanding the bounds of legal authority. Practitioner research requires more than traditional legal research. It also encompasses factual investigation, non-legal information, interdisciplinary and audience research. Many new lawyers are ill-prepared to research novel and unusual situations, to cope with unwritten laws and local customs, and to meet shifting authority expectations.
Randy Diamond, Advancing Public Interest Practitioner Research Skills in Legal Education, 7 N.C. J. L. & Tech. 67 (2005)