Curriculum

Advanced Legal Research: LLMs and SJDs

B639 is taught by R. Gaebler, J, Morgan

Advanced Legal Research: LLM and SJD will offer LLM and SJD students an opportunity to gain in-depth working knowledge of legal research methods and resources. The course will emphasize use and comparison of a broad range of legal research tools, including traditional print sources and a host of electronic materials. The course will review the complete range of federal and state primary sources, legislative history, administrative materials, and major secondary resources.

Upon completion of this course students should be able to evaluate research options and make choices that best suit the widest possible variety of academic legal research situations. Each class period will focus on a specific type of resource or research process and will include lectures, demonstration of relevant electronic resources, and classroom discussion. Each class or group of classes will be followed by a brief research exercise to both measure and enhance the student#s expertise with the materials presented in the classroom. This bibliographic approach to the legal research process will lay the groundwork for the course#s capstone project, a research guide in an area approved by the instructors. The research guide#s bibliographic approach will provide students with an opportunity to review all the studied resources within the context of a discreet substantive question.

Each student#s course grade will be based on (1) homework assignments, (2) a research guide on a topic of the student#s choice, and (3) class participation/attendance.