Advanced Legal Research Courses - Spring 2015

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Advanced Legal Research (E. Jones) (2 credits, pass-fail) Thur/Fri, 2:10 pm to 4:20 pm

This course builds on the introduction to legal research presented during the first year Legal Analysis, Writing and Research course. The purpose of the Advanced Legal Research course is to permit students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of American legal resources. Current print and electronic resources will be explored for the purpose of developing better, more efficient search techniques, and to assist students in selecting the most effective formats for their research. The course may also introduce some non-legal information sources which are of increasing importance to the legal community, as well as briefly introduce research resources of other legal jurisdictions and international law.

Business and Tax Legal Research (Ford, Braun) (1 credit, pass-fail) Wed, 12:40 pm to 2:10 pm

This one credit hour course will focus on resources and techniques for effective and efficient business and tax law research. Concepts such as competitive intelligence, legislative analysis, and statistical research will also be addressed. The class sessions will include a combination of lecture, discussion, and in-class exercises. Students will work on real-world examples to apply and sharpen their research skills.

Historical Legal Research (Sinclair) (1 credit, pass-fail) Tues, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

This course will focus on conducting research using early English and American statutes and cases. Students will work in the Rare Book Room of the Law Library with historical resources in print, as well as with electronic databases and online resources. The weekly class will consist of a variety of tools, discussion, lecture, and hands-on exercises. An individual project will serve as the final examination. This class is open to both law and graduate students, and would be of interest to those interested in history and using early legal resources effectively, and those interested in a deeper understanding of the legal research tools we use today.