Legal Research Courses

The Research Center currently offers three for-credit courses to students:

Advanced Legal Research (2 credits)

The course will help students develop the sophisticated research skills necessary for the effective practice of law. Topics covered through lectures and assignments include federal and state legislative and administrative history, increasing research efficiency through the use of secondary sources, research in specialized fields such as environmental law, and the use of a variety of legal and non-legal online resources.
Offered: Fall semester
Professor: Elizabeth Farrell

Business, Economics and Tax Law Research (2 credits)

This course will help students develop the sophisticated research skills necessary for the effective practice of business law, including the ability to research issues concerning business formation, economic regulation of business, and taxation. Topics covered include: Statutes and legislative history documents, regulations, judicial opinions, agency documents, accounting standards and interpretations, and scientific and economic literature related to business and tax law.

Professor: Faye Jones

Environmental Law Research (2 credits)

With an emphasis on developing the ability to research issues concerning environmental statutes, administrative rules, international treaties, and scientific evidence, this course will help students develop the sophisticated research skills necessary for the effective practice of environmental law.
Offered: Fall semester
Professors: Mary McCormick & Faye Jones

International and Foreign Legal Research (2 credits)

A survey course of sources, methods, and strategies needed for international and foreign legal research. The topics covered include secondary sources, treaties, custom and general principles, international jurisprudence, human rights law, international trade law, European Union law, civil law, and other foreign legal systems. Students will complete a research guide on a treaty chosen in consultation with instructor.
Offered: Spring semester
Professors: Margaret Clark