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ML: US Legal Research - Online (Greenlee)
Fall 2020   LAW 536-301  

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Edwin Greenlee

Adjunct Professor of Law

Additional Information

Skills Training
Other Professional Skills: Research skills in finding and using legal materials.

35% Participation,
65% Paper,
Other (Note that there are weekly written assignments and two papers: a mid term and final.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets online.

Masters in Law


Fundamentals of U.S. Legal Research Fall 2020 This online class teaches students the key documents of the American Legal System, how to find and use these documents both in traditional legal research databases like Lexis and Westlaw as well as in the many free websites available on the internet. The class will also discuss secondary sources like periodical literature and legal treatises that assist in understanding and interpreting laws, court opinions, and administrative regulations. Students will learn how to use all of these sources in academic projects like seminar papers as well as in students’ everyday professional lives. Students also will learn how to employ strategies to enable them to carry out their research in an efficient and effective manner. The course is designed for our Master in Law students as well as other Penn students (no JD/LLM/LLCM) and members of Penn staff who want a thorough understanding of U.S. legal research methods.

Instructor: Edwin J. Greenlee, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.L.I.S.

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.


"Legal Research in a Nutshell" by Kent Olson
Edition: 13th (September 20, 2018)
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 9781640208049