In this advanced course, students will learn the concepts and skills needed to research complex legal problems. This course will cover a wide range of legal research topics, including statutes, legislative history, court and government documents, administrative materials, practitioner tools, secondary sources, and specialized legal research. Students will also gain hands-on experience developing, implementing, and documenting appropriate research strategies, conducting research in an efficient manner, and citing resources appropriately for a professional-level work product.
Grading will be based on class attendance and participation, a series of research assignments, and a take home exam.
As a result of this class, students will be able to:
- Classify different primary and secondary legal resources, regardless of format.
- Evaluate the costs and benefits of particular resources, regardless of format, and articulate major differences between resources.
- Analyze a legal research problem and then design, execute, and document an efficient research plan.