This class explores various resources and materials specific to conducting basic legal research. Both, print and electronic materials (including those available via LEXIS) will be discussed equally. Specifically, the resources for finding statutes, legislative histories, cases and digests, administrative materials, secondary materials, and California practice materials will all be highlighted. General searching techniques and general legal concepts as they relate to legal research will also be covered.
This course is intended for students with either no prior law background or with paralegal training. Students with J.D. degrees may attend to refresh their basic legal research skills, but most, if not all, of the instruction for this course will have been covered in the J.D. studentís prior legal research and writing courses.
The primary objective of this course is to build student confidence in utilizing basic legal resources. This is defined and measured by the studentís ability to handle basic legal research questions that are most commonly asked at reference desks. Specifically, upon completion of the course the student will:
The course supports the following objectives from the Schoolís goals and objectives by:
Barber, Steve and Mark McCormick (1996). Legal Research. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers.
This book may be obtained via Amazon.com.
The reading for all other required reading assignments will be either handed out prior to class or made available electronically.
Jacobstein, J. Myron, Roy Mersky and Donald Dunn (1998). Fundamentals of Legal Research, 7th edition. New York: Foundation Press.
This book may be obtained via Amazon.com. Be sure to purchase the 7th edition.
In order to fulfill the requirements of this course, a student must successfully complete the following:
100 points total. Grades shall be distributed as follows:
A = 93-100 points
B = 85-92 points
C= 77-85 points
F= Below 70
A note regarding attendance: Given that there are only 6 classes total, each student is allowed to miss only one class without points being deducted from his/her grade. If a student misses 2 classes total, 5 points will be deducted. If a student misses 3 or more classes, all 10 points will be deducted.
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