Advanced Legal Research

LAWJD879

In this class students will be exposed to how legal research functions in practice. The class will be structured like a legal workplace with students in the role of new attorneys completing research projects for senior attorneys. The research projects will be designed to highlight major legal research tools in both online and print formats. The projects will feature tasks like locating court documents, doing a legislative history, finding agency regulations and guidance, doing state specific research with practice series, researching an unfamiliar area of the law using secondary sources, as well as learning to use Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law in a cost effective manner. The projects will require different output depending on the nature of the assignment from a short e-mail with the name of a case to a one-page memo highlighting recent developments in an area of law. The objective of the class is for students to become comfortable completing simple and complex research in a work setting. There will be several research projects throughout the semester and at least one oral exam. NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This course satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. This course meets January 22 through April 9.