LAW Advanced Legal Research

Prof. Elizabeth M. McKenzie,

2 credits day; 2 credits evening.


This course is designed to introduce upper class law students to sources and methods of legal research that lie beyond those covered in the first year of law school, e.g., legislative history, administrative law, etc. Attention will also be devoted to effective uses of computer assisted legal research and to extralegal research tools and techniques that are such a significant part of modern legal practice. Students will be required to write/develop a Pathfinder, a research log and a brief database review on a topic of interest.

Faculty comments: This is a 2 credit hour class, limited to 20 students because there are 2 hands-on workshops in 20-seat computer labs. The class requires:

* 1 shorter paper, reviewing a website

* 1 long paper, a research guide, on a topic of your choice (can be on the same topic as a seminar paper in a different class, a law review article, or a project. But it must be approved by the professor. The research guide requires you to select, describe and review the best resources for doing research on the topic you have chosen.

* 1 research log listing all the different materials you looked at and steps you took in preparing the research guide. You may have looked at a number of resources that you declined to list in the Research Guide, which includes only the true gems; this lists them ALL, briefly.

* 9 worksheets through the semester, and readings for class. You are expected to discuss in class the work you did in completing each worksheet, which you complete before the class. The worksheets are the foundation of the class.

At this time, the required text is Where the Law is: An Introduction to Advanced Legal Research, 3rd edition (or most recent ed.) by J.D.S. Armstrong and Christopher A. Knott (Thomson/West). Samples of both website reviews and research guides are on reserve in the library if you wish to see what they are like. Be sure to ask for those on reserve for this class, as there are some guides that are created by librarians that are quite different.

pointer    Enrollment is limited: 20 

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Skills Menu Requirement

pointer    Meets Civil Litigation Concentration Requirements

pointer    Final Project Required

<<Course Updated: March 15, 2016>>