New associates who recently finished law school are excited about their first year of practicing law. As they begin their first week at work, they may have dreams of jumping right into the courtroom or successfully closing a large deal. In reality, they will likely spend most of their first few years at the firm researching legal issues.

While it may not sound as glamorous as picking a jury or negotiating the terms of a big deal, researching is equally as important to the practice of law. A well-researched brief can win a case just like an inspiring closing argument. Because new associates spend so much time researching, it’s important to know how to research an issue thoroughly and when to stop researching and start writing.