Legal Research Techniques-Robin Schard

Legal Research Techniques

Law 151AS
Spring 2017
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

Jan. 17

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
Jan. 19

Class Canceled
Evaluating Authority (Listen to recording and complete exercise before class on Jan. 24th) (Bring exercise to class on Jan. 24)

Jan. 24

Evaluating Information
Refresher: Evaluating Web Sites (10:17)
Due: Evaluating Authority (Due in-class on 1/24)
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
Read for 1/26: From Hate Speech to Fake News (See Editor's Note for caution)

Jan. 26 General Online Searching Techniques
Powerpoint: Searching (pdf)
Jan. 31 Basics of Using Bloomberg Law

Feb. 2,7,9,14

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 (2/9)
Subject Guide to Treatises
Hein Online
Making of Modern Law
Index to Legal Periodicals
Legaltrac
SSRN (working papers)

Feb. 16, 21

Constitutions and Statutes
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 4
Exercise: Sign-up for statutes research practicum (Sign-up sheet will be available on TWEN after class on 2/21)

Feb. 23, 28

Case Law Research
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 3
Citation of Unpublished Opinions
Refresher Recording: Case Law Research (14:53)
Due: Secondary Sources Exercise (2/28)


Mar. 2, 7

Administrative Law
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 6
Handout: Exercise on Administrative Law
Due: Encyclopedia Section for your Pathfinder (required) (3/10)


WPA Poster
Mar. 9

Class canceled

Mar. 13-17

Spring Break

Mar. 21, 23, 28

Legislative History
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 5
Handout: Exercise on Legislative History
Due: Administrative Law Exercise (3/23)


Mar. 30

Research Strategy
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 1
Due: Overview to your Pathfinder (required) (3/30)

Apr. 4

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: Legislative History Exercise (4/4)

Apr. 6

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


D.C.
Apr. 11

Florida and State-Specific Legal Research
Last day for pathfinder drafts (optional) (4/14)


Apr. 13

Looseleafs and other Topical Sources
Reading: Nutshell Chapter 8
Powerpoint: Looseleaf Sources (pdf)


Apr. 18

Government Documents and Agency Materials


Apr. 20

Search Engines and Legal Tech Audit

Apr. 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: 2/16/2017