Legal Research Techniques-Robin Schard

Legal Research Techniques

Law 151AS
Fall 2014
Course Web Site: http://personal.law.miami.edu/rschard

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

Class Schedule

August 19

Introduction to Course
Register for TWEN
What Research Skills Should Law Students Develop?
Reading: AALL Legal Research Competencies
Powerpoint: Introduction (pdf)
Library Web Page
Library Catalog
Subscription Databases

Huka Falls
August 21

Evaluating Information
Refresher: Evaluating Web Sites (10:17)
Boilerplate: a technological milestone
DHMO.org
Dog Island
World Trade Organization (http://gatt.org)

DomainTools
Register.com (http://register.com)
Google
Urban Legends & Folklore or Snopes.com
Scout Report (https://scout.wisc.edu/scout-report/selection-criteria)
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

Make-up for Nov. 25

Evaluating Authority (Listen to Recording)
Exercise: Evaluating Authority (Due in-class on 8/26)

August 26 General Online Searching Techniques

August 28, Sept. 2, Sept. 4

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 and 7-6
Handout: Exercise on Secondary Sources
Due: Topic Selection for Pathfinder (9/4)
Subject Guide to Treatises
Hein Online
Making of Modern Law
Index to Legal Periodicals
Legaltrac
SSRN (working papers)

Sept. 9 -11

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

Sept. 16-18

Case Law Research
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 3
Citation of Unpublished Opinions
Refresher Recording: Case Law Research
Due: Research Journal Entry (9/16)

Sept. 23

New Legal Research Sources: Bloomberg Law
Due: Secondary Sources Exercise (9/23)


Sept 25-30, Oct. 2

Administrative Law
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 6
Handout: Exercise on Administrative Law
Due: Draft Overview to your Pathfinder (required) (10/3)

WPA Poster
Oct. 6-10

Fall Break

Oct. 14-16

Legislative History
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 5
Handout: Exercise on Legislative History
Due: Administrative Law Exercise (10/16)

Oct. 21

Research Strategy
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 1


Oct. 23

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).
Due: Encyclopedia Section for Pathfinder (required) (10/23)

Oct. 28

Looseleafs and other Topical Sources
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 8
Due: Legislative History Exercise (10/28)

Oct. 30

Government Documents and Agency Materials

D.C.
Nov. 4

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

Nov. 6

Florida and State-Specific Legal Research

Nov. 11

Search Engines and Online Techniques
Last day for pathfinder drafts (optional) (11/11)

Nov. 13

Researching Non-Legal Materials

Nov. 18

Researching Business Resources

Nov. 20

Course Wrap-Up and Miscellaneous Resources

Nov. 25 No Class
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.
Last update: 8/28/2014