Course Description


Joergensen, Schneider, Talley, Tung


Fall 2018 (Tung) S

This course is designed to simulate how practitioners approach legal research problems. Through this course, students will develop effective research skills and an in-depth knowledge of the research tools available in different subject areas. Specifically, this course will expose students to research methods, strategies, and techniques that are employed in practice to effectively and efficiently conduct research of statutes, regulations, cases, legislative materials, model rules, secondary sources, and practitioner materials. The course will also expose students to a wide-range of resources that are used to conduct research in specific areas of the law such as federal taxation, intellectual property, commercial law, administrative law, litigation, and transactional practice. Class time will include lectures and discussions and application of legal research concepts through practical exercises. Out of class assignments will expand upon classroom exercises and reflect the types of research tasks that new attorneys face when they enter practice.

Spring 2019 (Talley, Zhang) (S)

This course is intended to develop effective search strategies and an in-depth knowledge of research tools available in different subject areas. The course will expose students to a range of resources, an ongoing discussion of technique, and practical experience through exercises. It will cover several major areas of legal research including, but not limited to, cases, statutes, secondary materials, local and federal administrative law, and practitioner's materials. Class time will be a combination of both discussion and application of the lecture materials through relevant questions and problems. Graded assignments will consist of a series of legal memoranda and other drafting assignments which will provide practical application of the research skills discussed and practiced in class.