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College of Law

Advanced Legal Research

Course Number: 6920
Professor: Casey D. Duncan
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 2
Semester Offered: Spring
Required: No
Prerequisites: Legal Research & Writing
Recommended Courses: None

Course Overview: This course is designed to reinforce the legal research skills learned in the first year course and to expand those skills in both breadth and depth. We delve into legislative histories, spend much time using online resources, and discuss law related technology.

Our coverage includes learning the various ways search engines function, looking at law social networking sites, exploring free legal information sites, and becoming more efficient in using proprietary online systems such as Lexis, Westlaw & less expensive alternatives, such as Fastcase and CaseMaker. However, we also cover the wide variety of paper sources still commonly used by attorneys in their daily practice. The course provides an opportunity for students to become better organized, more efficient researchers and to consider what sources it will make sense to use in practice when the bottom line becomes a genuine concern.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Lecture/discussion; we meet twice a week in 75-minute sessions for the first 7 weeks, then we don't meet again until the last 2 weeks of class when students present technology research projects.
Written Assignments: 3 graded & 2 non-graded (CALI) assignments in the first 7 weeks, & a research guide and a technology presentation at the end of the semester.
Type of Exam: None
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Research guide: 50%; other assignments: 40%; class participation 10%.
Other Comments: Enrollment in Advanced Legal Research is limited to 20 students. Students will be enrolled in order of pre-registration, or at the professor's discretion. Once the class is full, you will be placed on a wait list.

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