Legal Research: Advising Businesses

NOTE: This one-credit course will meet for two hours and run for the first seven weeks of the semester. Because of the shortened course structure, students may not add this course after the first class meeting.

This course explores the research strategies and tools available to address the many information needs that arise advising businesses and nonprofit 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. Students will become fluent with sources of practical guidance, forms, and other integrated legal research tools. Students will learn through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, in-class exercises, homework, and other activities. Evaluation will be based on participation, homework, and a final project in an area of the students choosing.