Advanced Legal Research

The Advanced Legal Research course is designed to allow interested students to further expand their general legal research knowledge and skills. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to learn research sources and skills in specific legal areas of their choice. The course will cover the following topics: Basic legal sources and research refresher; Online searching skills (Boolean logic, advanced natural language searching); Advanced paper based legal research tools (CLEs, loose-leaf topical reporters, specialized sources); Advanced Lexis and Westlaw (Citation analysis, specialized databases); Internet-based legal resources, including subscription sources (BNA, CCH, etc.); and Cost-effective use of print and online sources.

Sequence and Prerequisites: Legal Research

Evaluation: Your final grade in the course will be based on the final administered exam. However, the following class components are also required. These components are not graded, but failing to complete them satisfactorily will result in a reduced or failing grade for the course.  In order to pass the course, you must:

  • Complete all assigned reading prior to class.
  • Attend all class sessions unless excused.
  • Participate actively in all class discussions and exercises.
  • Satisfactorily complete any exercises by their assigned due date.
  • Take and pass the final exam