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2018–19 Legal Research Courses for Your Consideration

April 24, 2018

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Registering for your 2018–19 classes? Your law librarians and our friends in the Center for Animal Law Studies are providing a number of legal research courses. All are designed to provide with you the tools, skills, and strategies to help you succeed in your work, clerkships, extern/internships, and studies.

Fall 2018

Legal Research: Advising Businesses
Jim Kite, 1 Credit, Fall 18, Tuesdays, 3:25–5:20 p.m.
Note: This course will meet for two hours and run for the first seven weeks of the semester.

This innovative course explores the research strategies and tools available to address the many information needs that arise advising businesses and non-profit organizations. The course will cover specific resources relevant to the areas of law within the business context including business associations, employment, transactions, and intellectual property. In addition to developing their legal research skills, students will learn the fundamentals of business and industry research. Find out more…

Legal Research: Animal Law
David Rosengard, 1 Credit, Fall 18, Fridays, 8:30–9:25 a.m.

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 additional research tools focusing on local and international materials as well as strategies for successful interdisciplinary research. Find out more…

Legal Research: Environmental Law
Rob Truman, 1 Credit, Fall 18, Fridays, 8:30–10:25 a.m.
Note: This course will meet for two hours and run for the first seven weeks of the semester.

This one-credit course will provide in-depth exposure to the legal resources and the most effective research techniques used in the practice of environmental, natural resources, and energy law. There will be a strong emphasis on administrative law and the rulemaking process in addition to advanced statutory and case law research, and students will explore current awareness tools, specialized information databases, international environmental legal research, environmental dispute resolution resources, legislative tracking and legislative history, science and statistics sources, cost-effective research strategies, and current and archived sources of government information. Find out more…

Spring 2019

Legal Research: International and Foreign Law
Wendy Hitchcock, 1 Credit, Spring 19, Thursdays, 1:40–2:35 p.m.

This course explores strategies for conducting research in Foreign, Comparative and International Law, using both electronic and print resources. The course begins by examining the sources of international law, including treaties, cases from international courts and tribunals, documents from international organizations, and scholarly publications. We will also explore finding the law of foreign nations, gaining an understanding of civil legal systems, and learning “work-arounds” when the sources are not in English. Find out more…

Advanced Legal Research
Jim Kite, Rob Truman, 2 Credits, Spring 19, Tuesdays, 7:35–9:30 p.m.

This course provides a practical approach to modern U.S. legal research. 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 Research classes. Students learn through a combination of lectures, weekly homework assignments, frequent in-class exercises and other activities.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask any of the instructors directly or contact Rob Truman.