Legal Research Techniques-Robin Schard

Legal Research Techniques

Law 151BS
Fall 2016
Course Web Site: http://personal.law.miami.edu/rschard

Robin Schard
Office D-138
305/284-6441
rschard@law.miami.edu
  
Class Schedule     Course Description and Requirements     Sample Research Journal Entry
   

Class Schedule

Aug. 18

Introduction to Course
Register for TWEN
What Research Skills Should Law Students Develop?
Reading: AALL Legal Research Competencies
Please read the excerpt from the article entitled Which Practice-Ready Courses Should You Take? from the Student Lawyer on the TWEN page, Additional Readings section
Powerpoint: Introduction (pdf)
Library Web Page
Library Catalog
Subscription Databases

Abraham Lincoln
Aug. 23

Evaluating Information
Refresher: Evaluating Web Sites (10:17)

Boilerplate: a technological milestone
Dehydrated Water
Manhattan Airport Foundation
All About Explorers
Dog Island
World Trade Organization (http://gatt.org)

WHOIS Lookup
Register.com (http://register.com)
Scout Report (https://scout.wisc.edu/scout-report/selection-criteria)
Google
Urban Legends & Folklore or Snopes.com
Places to complain about fraud:
     Internet Fraud Complaint Center (FBI & National White Collar Crime Center)
     National Fraud Information Center
     SEC Complaint Center (corporate, consumer or mail fraud)
     FTC Consumer Complaint Form (trade, retail, consumer fraud)
     Florida Division of Consumer Services


Aug. 25

Evaluating Authority (Listen to recording and complete exercise before class on Aug. 25th) (Bring exercise to class on Aug. 25)
Due: Evaluating Authority (Due in-class on 8/25)

August 30 General Online Searching Techniques
Sept. 1 Basics of Using Bloomberg Law

Sept. 6,8,13,15

Secondary Sources: The Basic and the Practical
Refresher Recordings:
The Process of Legal Research (06:32)
How and When to Use Print Sources (08:56)
Secondary Sources Part I (15:00)
Secondary Sources Part II (10:47)
Reading: Nutshell Chapters 2 and Sections 3-6, 7-5, and 7-6
Handout: Exercise on Secondary Sources
Due: Topic Selection for Pathfinder (9/15)


Sept. 20, 22

Constitutions and Statutes
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 4
Due: Secondary Sources Exercise (9/22)
Exercise: Sign-up for statutes research practicum (Sign-up sheet will be available on TWEN after class on 9/22)

Sept. 27,29

Case Law Research
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 3
Citation of Unpublished Opinions
Refresher Recording: Case Law Research (14:53)
Due: Research Journal Entry (9/29)


Oct. 3-7

Fall Break

Oct. 11, 13

Administrative Law
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 6
Handout: Exercise on Administrative Law
Due: Encyclopedia Section for your Pathfinder (required) (10/14)


WPA Poster
Oct. 18, 20

Legislative History
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 5
Handout: Exercise on Legislative History
Due: Administrative Law Exercise (10/20)


Oct. 25

Research Strategy
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 1
Due: Overview to your Pathfinder (required) (10/27)

Oct. 27

Fact-Finding, Interviewing
Reading: Choose one of the articles in the Additional Readings section of the TWEN page.
Reading: Adam J. Post, Advice for Your First Client Interview, Law Trends & News (Fall 2009).
Reading: Jim Calloway, The Initial Client Interview, Oklahoma Bar Association (2002).


Nov. 1


Looseleafs and other Topical Sources
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 8

D.C.
Nov. 3

Government Documents and Agency Materials
Due: Legislative History Exercise (11/3)

Nov. 8

Verdicts, Settlements, Court Rules & Citators
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 7

Nov. 10

Florida and State-Specific Legal Research
Last day for pathfinder drafts (optional) (11/11)

Nov. 15

Search Engines and Online Techniques

Nov. 17

Legal Tech Audit, and other Legal Technology

Nov. 22 Final Pathfinder due by 11:59pm.
Please put it in the Assignment Drop Box on TWEN, e-mail it to me, or turn it in to me directly.
Nov. 29 No Class
Last update: 8/23/2016