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Legal Research: Animal Law

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2017-2018 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below the new one.

This course provides strategies for conducting legal research with an emphasis on Animal Law resources. Designed to prepare law students for research in practice, clerkships and law school, this course will build upon the research skills students have previously acquired. In addition to federal and state legal resources, the course will introduce students to alternative research tools focusing on local and international materials as well as strategies for successful interdisciplinary research. The course will explore the different approaches needed for policy and planning research versus transactional and litigation-related research. Students learn through a combination of lectures, homework assignments, in-class exercises and other activities. Evaluation will be through two short research memos and one longer final research memo/project. This is a one-credit class meeting for seven weeks.

NOTE: The below course description applied in academic years prior to 2017-2018.

This course provides strategies for conducting advanced legal research with an emphasis on Animal Law resources.  Designed to prepare law students for research in practice, clerkships and law school, this course will build upon the research skills students acquired in first-year Legal Writing classes.  In addition to federal and state legal resources, the course will introduce students to alternative research tools focusing on local and international materials as well as strategies for successful interdisciplinary research.  The course will explore the different approaches needed for policy and planning research versus transactional and litigation-related research. Students learn through a combination of lectures, homework assignments, in-class exercises and other activities.  Evaluation will be through research assignments and the creation of a research guide with short class presentation.