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US Legal Research (Von Dulm)

Summer 2024   LAW 589-001  

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Faculty
Timothy Charles Von Dulm

Associate Director for Research Services

tvondulm@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Expository Writing

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets in person.

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.

- 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
TF 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Silverman Hall 240B

Category
LLM

Credits
1.0

U.S. Legal Research and Writing combines learning about US legal resources and materials and how to research them with the ability to present an analysis of the research results in written document. The Legal Research portion of the course will explore the various primary sources of law in the US system and the secondary sources which provide analysis of that law. Research will be conducted through a variety of online sources enabling the student to develop a critical analysis of those online tools. The Legal Writing portion of the course covers basic legal analysis, synthesis and writing. You will be learning the basic skills of U.S. lawyering, including writing predictive analyses, communicating effectively and efficiently, using legal authority to support any issue, and following the basic rules and standards of professional conduct.

Course Concentrations

Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.


Textbooks

"A Lawyer Writes" by Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud Rocklin and Sandy Patrick
Edition: 3rd edition
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
ISBN: 9781531008765
Required

"Uniform System of Citation (The Blue Book)" by Harvard Law
Edition: 21st (2020)
Publisher: Harvard Law
ISBN: 9780578666150
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