Prerequisite: Legal Research & Legal Writing
This course is restricted to upper division students who have completed the first year, two semester, Legal Research and Legal Writing course or who otherwise obtain the permission of the instructor.
This one credit, pass-fail, seven week course will solidify and build upon legal research skills acquired during the first year of law school. It will focus on the identification and evaluation of relevant primary and secondary sources and efficient information retrieval. Students will learn how to design a research strategy that effectively integrates online tools with traditional print resources.
Students who successfully complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of the use of legal information and research resources in diverse contexts. Emphasis will be placed on U.S. federal sources, but Texas materials will be incorporated throughout the course, and will serve as a model for research in the legal materials of other states. Students will be required to complete both in- and out-of-class exercises throughout the course, but there is no final examination.