New! Legal Research and Writing Certificate
How can you find what you are searching for when you may not know what you are searching for at the onset. Thorough and accurate research will allow your research to develop over time. Legal research is multifaceted in that it is both process and outcome.
It is the process of legal research that leads you to what you need to find in order to solve a legal dispute and/or determine the correct application of laws and rules for a set of facts.
The outcome of legal research is to ensure that thorough research has resulted in finding the rules, laws, and evidence to support or dispute a set of facts. Oftentimes when conducting research more information may be found in order to further develop a fact pattern. When your research leads you to another outcome it is important to not just stick to the original conclusion that was being drawn, but to include the new outcome as well.
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the fundamentals of legal research. Students will learn to use and locate primary and secondary authorities. The course will include a general overview of the federal and state court systems. Students will learn the elements of a court decision, how to locate cases through the use of digests, and how to brief a case. The course reviews citation form; cite checking; the methods of compiling legislative histories; administrative and international legal research; and includes comprehensive information on using Lexis Advance, Westlaw, and the Internet to conduct legal research.
This is course program includes 30 hours of legal research and writing video lessons, audio lessons, simulated law office tasks, reading materials, and other course material in order to allow registrants to develop thorough legal research and writing skills.
This course which is delivered via distance learning will enable students to complete academic work in a flexible manner, completely online. Course materials and access to an online learning management system will be made available to each student.
Course Lecture Schedule
Tuesdays, November 16th to December 21st, 8pm to 10pm EST
Saturday, December 11, 2021, 11am to 1pm EST
Saturday, December 18, 2021, 11am to 1pm EST
Certificate of Completion will be provided upon completion of all assigned tasks, assignments, and lectures. Recordings will be made available after each lecture.