Advanced Legal Research


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 such 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. Each class will have an assignment and these will include longer projects such as a client letter, a research memo for a supervisor, and a research log for a motion with the motion for the court. The last assignment will be an oral exam where the students must demonstrate their research skills to the instructor. The objective of the class is for students to become comfortable completing simple and complex research in a work setting. NOTE: This class satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement.
Spring 2017: LAW JD 879 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
A1Stefanie B. Weigmann2Thu8:30 am - 10:30 am