Caroline Osborne Assistant Dean for Legal Information Services and Professor of Legal Research

Phone: 540-458-8488


Office: 326 Lewis Hall 

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Area of Expertise

Legal Research


BA, 1988, University of North Carolina 

JD, 1991, University of Richmond

LLM, 1992, Emory University

MSLS, 2003, University of North Carolina


Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft; Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP; Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, P.C.; Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice PLLC; Summer Intern and Faculty Services Assistant, University of North Carolina School of Law; Reference and Research Services Librarian, University of Richmond School of Law; Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Washington and Lee University Law School, 2007-.

Recent Publications

Caroline L. Osborne, The Legal Research Plan and the Research Log: An Examination of the Role of the Research Plan and Research Log in the Research Process, 35 LEGAL RES. SERVICES Q. 1 (2016) (forthcoming).

Caroline L. Osborne, The State of Legal Research Education; A Survey of First Year Legal Research Programs or 'Why Johnny and Jane Cannon Research,' 108 LAW LIBR. J. 403 (2016).

James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson, and Caroline L. Osborne, The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews, 1 JPTOS 1 (2015).

Caroline L. Osborne, A Methodical Approach to Legal Research: The Legal Research Plan, an Essential Tool for Today's Law Student and New Attorney, 32 LEGAL RES. SERVICES Q. 54 (2013).