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College of Law

Advanced Legal Research

Course Number: 6920
Professor: Deb Person
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Fall & 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. The course includes targeted research into legislative histories, administrative histories, online resources search optimization, and law office technology.  The course also explores practice materials, business, ethics, and international law resources, and technology efficiency tools.

Course Materials: Materials are provided.
Course Format: Lecture, hands-on research, discussion.  The class meets twice a week in 80-minute sessions for thirteen weeks plus one outside of class face-to-face session.
Written Assignments: 4 graded assignments and various ungraded assignments that count toward participation points.
Type of Exam: None
Basis for Grading Student Performance: graded assignments: 20% each; class participation 20%.
Other Comments: Enrollment in Advanced Legal Research is limited to 15 students. Students will be enrolled in order of pre-registration, or at the professor's discretion. Once the class is full, interested students have the option to join a wait list.  

The combination of assignments for this course meet the Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency outlined by the American Association of Law Libraries and the ABA Standards and Rules for Procedure for Law Schools, Standard 302.

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