MSU College of Law

Barbara Bean

Barbara BeanReference Librarian, Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 106A
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Barbara Bean became a law librarian in 2004 and teaches first year and Advanced Legal Research. She is admitted to the Bar in New York and California. She practiced in New York City and Los Angeles, where she was a banking and corporate finance attorney for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and O’Melveny & Myers. She also served as U.S. Counsel to the Netherlands law firm of DeBrauw Blackstone Westbroek.

Following a seven year interlude in Moscow, Russia during the period after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ms. Bean went to library school at the State University of New York at Albany and moved to Michigan after earning her MSIS degree. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Vassar College.

  • Advanced Legal Research
    (Formerly DCL 509) The course will focus on the process and goals of legal research. Special emphasis will be placed on Internet research, but instruction will be based on function rather than format. Students will learn how to find information through the Web, on Lexis and Westlaw, and in paper. By contrasting form, speed, cost and accuracy, students will learn how to integrate these sources for the most comprehensive and economical research product. Equal emphasis will be placed on conceptual structure and practical application.