Feb 06, 2023
PAL 101 - Legal Research and Writing
3 Lecture Hours
An introduction to legal research. Students learn to use legal research tools such as indexes, digest, encyclopedias, treatises, annotated reports, restatements, and law reviews. The West key number system and Shepard’s citations are taught. In addition, students learn how to do cite and proof checking of legal citations in briefs and other documents.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Function efficiently at the paralegal level.
- Perform legal research manually and using electronic systems.
- Be exposed to the tools available to a lawyer to ascertain the law.
- Effectively utilize legal tools.
- Possess the confidence to utilize a law library of any size.
- Introduction to Legal Research
- The Legal Research Process
- Court Reports
- Federal Court Decisions
- State Court Decisions and the National Reporter System
- Legislation Forms
- Digests for Court Reports
- Annotated Law Reports
- Federal Legislation
- Federal Legislation Histories
- State and Municipal Legislation
- Court Rules and Procedures
- Administrative Law
- Loose-leaf Services
- Shepard’s Citations
- Legal Encyclopedias
- Legal Periodicals and Indexes
- Treatises, Restatements, Model Codes and Uniform Laws
- Other Research Aids
- English Legal Research
- Federal Tax Research
- International Law
- Computer Assisted Legal Research and Micro-text
Contemporary texts, software and appropriate A-V materials.
Approved By: Kingsmore, John Date Approved: 05/21/1990
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