Advanced Legal Research, LAW A549
Winter Quarter 2007

Syllabus

Professor Penny A. Hazelton
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30-1:00pm or by appointment
Wm. Gates Hall Room L168; phone 206-543-4089; email pennyh@u.washington.edu

 

Teaching assistant: Erin Toland
Office Hours: Tu, Th 12:30-1:30pm in Rm L164 Wm. H. Gates Hall
email: erint81@u.washington.edu

 

Texts:

[1]  Berring & Edinger, Finding the Law, 12th Ed (Thomson-West, 2005) (Berring)

[2]  Hazelton, et. al, Washington Legal Researcherís Deskbook 3d (2002) (Deskbook)

      (can be purchased for $48.96 (including tax) - payable to UW Invoice Receivables - at Circulation Desk, Library L1)

[3]  The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 18th ed. (Columbia Law Review Association, 2005)(Bluebook)

 

Assignments:

    Reading assignments from the texts will be given for each class. See below.

    There is no final exam. Legal research is a skill. You need to practice it to improve. This course is designed to review and build on solid research skills. You will get prompt feedback on your work throughout the quarter. You may work together, but you must turn in your own work unless you have been assigned to work in teams by Professor Hazelton.

    For each day in class you will find: the topic for the class, the assignments that are due that day, any reading you should have completed for the day, and new assignments. Click here for the "Handouts and Assignments" webpage.

 

Day

Date

Description

Thurs

1/4/07

TOPIC: No regular class; Library Tours - Required [See Schedule]
Meet at Gallagher Law Library Circulation Desk, floor L1

                    10:30am     11:00am     11:30am      12 noon

Tues

 

1/9/07

TOPIC: Overview; The Legal System and Legal Materials

READING FOR TODAY:

Berring:  pp. 1-16 (Ch. 1)

ASSIGNED TODAY:

Handout Exercise #1 - Due 1/16

CALI Lesson: Introduction to Secondary Resources - Due 1/16

Thurs

 

1/11/07

CLASS CANCELLED TODAY

TOPIC: Secondary Sources

DUE TODAY: Analysis of Secondary Sources (to be done in class) Now Due 1/18

READING FOR TODAY:

Berring:  pp. 111-114 (Ch. 4); pp. 307-326 (Ch. 10)

Tues

 

1/16/07

CLASS CANCELLED TODAY

TOPIC: Statutes - Federal and State; Citation Form, Generally

DUE TODAY: Exercise #1 Now Due 1/18

                       CALI - Introduction to Secondary Resources Now Due 1/18

READING FOR TODAY:

Berring:  pp. 118-164 (Ch. 5)

Bluebook:  Review Table of Contents.  Read completely pp. 1-23 (The Bluepages)

ASSIGNED TODAY:

CALI lesson:  Introduction to State & Federal Statutes - Due 1/18

Handout Exercise #2 - Due Friday, 1/19, 5:00pm Now Due Sunday, 1/21, 6:00pm

Wed 1/17/07 Exercise #2 available on course web page - Now Due Sunday, 1/21, 6:00pm

Thurs

 

1/18/07

Class time now extended to 1:00pm

TOPIC: Case Finding in Print; Case Verification Tools

DUE TODAY: CALI - Introduction to State and Federal Statutes Due

                       Exercise #1 (originally due 1/16)

                       CALI - Introduction to Secondary Resources (originally due 1/16)

                       Analysis of Secondary Sources (originally to be done in class 1/11)

READING FOR TODAY:

Berring:  pp. 17-117 (Ch. 2,3,4)

ASSIGNED TODAY:

CALI Lesson: How to Find Case Law Using the Digests - Due 1/23

Handout Exercise #3 - Due 1/23

Fri 1/19/07 Exercise #2 Due 5:00pm Now Due Sunday, 1/21, 6:00pm
Sun 1/21/07 Exercise #2 Due (originally due 1/19)

Tues

 

1/23/07

TOPIC: Research Process; Washington Practice Materials

DUE TODAY: Exercise #3 Due

                       CALI - How to Find Case Law Using the Digests Due

READING FOR TODAY:

Deskbook:  pp. 23-45; skim Ch. 4, pp. 93-133

ASSIGNED TODAY:

Handout Research Problem #1 - Due 1/30

Thurs

1/25/07

TOPIC: Advanced Westlaw Training in Room 115: Students with last names A-Haller

           Internet Basics for Legal Research room 119: Students with last names Hanson-Z

READING FOR TODAY:

Cheryl Nyberg and Peggy Jarrett, Primary Law Sources on the Web, (updated 12/03/02), available at http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/US-Wash.html

Nancy McMurrer and Kristy Moon, Low-Cost Legal Research Services on the Web, (updated 4/20/06), available at http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/lowcostcalr.html

ASSIGNED TODAY:

Handout Exercise #4 - Due 2/1

Tues

1/30/07

TOPIC: Advanced Westlaw Training in LRTC L201/202: Students with last names Hanson-Z

           Internet Basics for Legal Research room 119: Students with last names A-Haller

DUE TODAY: Research Problem #1 Due

READING FOR TODAY:

Same as 1/25/07

Thurs

 

2/1/07

TOPIC: Discuss Research Problem #1

DUE TODAY: Exercise #4 Due

ASSIGNED TODAY:

CALI Lesson: Researching Federal Legislative History - Due 2/6

Handout Research Problem #2 - Due 2/8

Tues

 

2/6/07

TOPIC: Legislative History - Federal and State

DUE TODAY: CALI - Researching Federal Legislative History Due

READING FOR TODAY:

Berring:  pp. 165-200 (Ch. 6)

Deskbook:  pp. 155-165 Legislative History and Bill Tracking (Ch. 6)

Thurs

 

2/8/07

TOPIC: Legislative History (cont.); Court Rules

DUE TODAY: Research Problem #2 Due

READING FOR TODAY:

Berring:  pp. 277-306 (Ch. 9)

Deskbook:  pp. 62-64 (Ch. 3)

ASSIGNED TODAY:

Handout Exercise #5 - Due 2/15

Tues

2/13/07

TOPIC: Discuss Research Problem #2; Electronic Legal Research

ASSIGNED TODAY:

Handout Research Problem #3 - Due 2/20

Thurs

2/15/07

TOPIC: Query Formulation

DUE TODAY: Exercise #5 Due

Tues

 

2/20/07

TOPIC: Specialized Legal Research (Indian Law and Employment Law)

DUE TODAY: Research Problem #3 Due

READING FOR TODAY:

Washington Legal Researcher's Deskbook 3d, chapter 9
Mary Whisner, Research in Labor and Employment Law, (updated 7/1/2005), available at http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/labemp.htm

Thurs

 

2/22/07

TOPIC: Discuss Research Problem #3; Cost Effective Searching

ASSIGNED TODAY:

Handout Research Problem #4 - Due 3/1

Tues

2/27/07

TOPIC: Administrative Law

READING FOR TODAY:

Berring:  pp. 225-276 (Ch. 8)

Deskbook:  pp. 64-69 (Ch. 3); pp. 135-154 (Ch. 5)

Thurs

3/1/07

TOPIC: Administrative law (cont.)

DUE TODAY: Research Problem #4 Due

ASSIGNED TODAY:

Handout exercise #6 - Due 3/6

Tues

3/6/07

TOPIC: Discuss Research Problem #4; Wrap-up; Efficient Research; Evaluation

DUE TODAY: Exercise #6 Due

If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, 543-8924 (V/TDD). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to me so we can discuss the accommodations you might need for class.