Advanced Legal Research

Advanced Legal Research

The goals of this course are: (1) to teach students to evaluate legal information sources effectively and to formulate a rational research methodology which maximizes efficiency; (2) to expand students skills in using the primary American legal sources (cases, statutes, and administrative regulations and reports) in traditional and electronic formats; (3) to introduce students to specialized American legal sources in subject areas such as labor, securities, and taxation; (4) to hone skills in compiling legislative histories; (5) to familiarize students with the many non-legal information resources and electronic databases and comprehensive news services that are becoming increasingly important to the legal community. Students will have numerous opportunities for "hands on" experiences with a wide range of legal materials and databases.

Required text: The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (current edition)(www.legalbluebook.com)