University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2019

Course Description
This course will focus on teaching “real-world” legal research skills to prepare students for the challenges they will face in legal practice. Students will develop effective research skills, and an in-depth knowledge of the research tools. Specifically, this course will expose students to research methods and strategies that are employed in practice to effectively and efficiently research using secondary sources, statutes, cases, regulations, legislative materials, and practice materials, utilizing both current and emerging legal research tools and technology. Additionally, the course will cover legal analytical and competitive (business) intelligence tools, and it will also provide a review legal authority, how it is organized, and how to access it efficiently with particular attention on cost-effective research.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-14-2019 - 04-23-2019   MW  2:00 PM-3:20 PM A110

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Grades will be based on assignments, class participation, and a research guide on a topic selected by the student.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Skills Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s):
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Legal Research in a Nutshell
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Kent Olson
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 13th ed.
    ISBN: 9781640208049

Additional Materials:
Also available electronically as part of the West Academic Study Aids package to which the law library subscribes for students, and available through this link:  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Please read the excerpt from the article, Which Practice-Ready Courses Should You Take?, attached below and on the TWEN page. Also, review the AALL Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency, available on the TWEN page and at And, look over the course description, requirements, and schedule on the class web page ( before class.

    Legal Research in a Nutshell is the recommended text. Other material will be online and on the TWEN page.

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link: and TWEN




Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-6441
Office: D138