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Fall 2021

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
08-23-2021 - 12-01-2021   TR  3:30 PM-4:45 PM F309

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
Course Delivery:
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: 14th ed
    ISBN: 9781636590639

Additional Materials:
Either the 13th or the 14th edition of the Nutshell will be fine. There is an ebook version of the Nutshell, and it is available through the library's subscription to West Academic Study Aids. (See library web site for access: Additional readings will be posted online.  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Please read the excerpt from the article entitled Which Practice-Ready Courses Should You Take?, and skim the AALL Legal Research Competencies. Both are available on the Blackboard page (under Readings and Such). Also, look over the course description, requirements, and schedule on the class web page ( before class.

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:

    Additional Information:
    We will also be using Blackboard



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