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Advanced Legal Research I (Shelly)

Spring 2023   LAW 582-002  

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Mary Shelly

Reference Librarian

Additional Information
Experiential Course


Skills Training
Other Professional Skills: Legal Research

10% Participation,
40% Paper,
50% Other (50% of the grade is based on assignments throughout the semester.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets online.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

- If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can make PowerPoint slides or other class materials available to you.

- When you are better, please make an appointment to meet with me and I will review/answer questions about what you missed.

Meeting Times/Location



Students in this class will master the legal research skills introduced in the first year Legal Practice Skills course and explore new research methods. The course will emphasize problem analysis, efficient research strategies, and effective use of a wide range of legal research databases. Topics covered include administrative materials, legislative history, specialized subject resources, and electronic resources beyond Westlaw and Lexis. The course is strongly recommended for anyone wanting to strengthen their skills with legal research. A substantial portion of class sessions will be spent working with research problems. Students will complete multiple assignments through the quarter.

Course Concentrations

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.