The goal of this course is to introduce students to effective legal research techniques. The first semester (Fall) consists of 8 two-hour classes to expose students to the basics of the law library; Westlaw, Lexis, & Bloomberg Law; the legal research process; secondary sources; state & federal legal research; and updating primary law. The second semester (Spring) consists of 4 two-hour classes covering a review; administrative law; court rules, form books, & other practice materials; and cost-effective research.
There is no required text for this class. Students will be assigned CALI lessons and other online tutorials, as well as suggested readings.
Some lecture, but instruction done primarily through hands-on in-class exercises.
In addition to the in-class exercises, students will be required to complete two graded research projects.
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The two written projects are each worth 40% of the grade. The rest of the grade is based on a quiz at the end of the course, worth 10%, and class participation, attendance, and weekly exercises, worth 10%.
The final grade will be awarded at the end of the Spring semester.