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WHY FOCUS ON RESEARCH SKILLS?

Fall 2021 Legal Research Courses

Listed alphabetically below are the Advanced Legal Research courses scheduled for the Fall, 2021 semester.

Legal Research:  Family Law  (1 Credit)

This course presents an in-depth review of practical research skills reinforcing the importance of knowing how to find and interpret statutes, administrative regulations, cases, and secondary sources, including practice materials (e.g., forms, pleadings, court rules). The course helps students refine research skills, learn shortcuts, and develop cost-effective and efficient research strategies for family law related projects. Class sessions integrate the use of print resources with internet and subscription online services through which students learn more sophisticated and responsible search practices.

This class builds on fundamental research skills and developing effective research strategies. The research assignments and exercises focus on family law issues. Students are also introduced to specialized sources and research tools designed for and used by family law practitioners.

Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Family Law; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution; General Practice – Transactional

Note: There are no pre/co-requisites. However, this course assumes a basic understanding of family law and vocabulary.

Legal Research:  Practical Skills  (1 Credit)

This course reviews and builds on the skills introduced in the first year Legal Practice course. It helps students refine research skills, learn shortcuts, and develop research strategies. The course focuses on methods for researching case law, constitutional law, statutes, and regulations in federal and state jurisdictions. Students are introduced to the basics of legislative history research. The use of secondary sources to enhance the research process is also covered. Class sessions integrate the use of traditional print resources with online services.

This upper-level research course builds on skills introduced in the first year Legal Practice course. Students are exposed to traditional print resources and internet-based resources.

Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Corporate Transactions and Governance; Financial Services and Compliance; Health Care Management and Compliance; International Business; Labor and Employment (Corporate Perspective); Real Estate and Land Use; Tax; Trusts and Estates; Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Criminal Defense; Criminal Prosecution; Family Law; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; International Law/Human Rights; Labor and Employment; IP/Copyright and Trademark; Media, Entertainment, Sports, Fashion; Tech/Privacy; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution; General Practice – Transactional

Note:  Course is taught on four Saturdays from 12:00 - 3:30.

Legal Research:  Skills for the Digital World  (3 Credits)

This course concentrates on advanced legal research techniques using both the latest computer technology and book resources. The course provides detailed instruction in the organization of legal information. Special attention is given to strategies for choosing among electronic and paper sources to maximize research effectiveness and efficiency. Students pursue research assignments that may be geared to their individual subject interests. Students must also complete take-home examinations that test their understanding of research tools and their ability to perform research tasks.

This upper-level research course introduces students to advanced legal research techniques using both the latest computer technology and book resources.

Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Corporate Transactions and Governance; Financial Services and Compliance; Health Care Management and Compliance; International Business; Labor and Employment (Corporate Perspective); Real Estate and Land Use; Tax; Trusts and Estates; Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Criminal Defense; Criminal Prosecution; Family Law; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; International Law/Human Rights; Labor and Employment; IP/Copyright and Trademark; Media, Entertainment, Sports, Fashion; Tech/Privacy; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution; General Practice – Transactional