This Spring semester the library is offering two 1-credit mini courses. Each course meets for 8 weeks on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 3:00. Factual Research meets during the first half of the semester while Advanced Legal Research meets during the second half. Take one or both!
Law Practice Information Literacy: Legal Research ("Advanced Legal Research")
Instructor: Tom Hemstock, Meets: 3/14/2012 to 4/25/2012
LPIL is for students who want to prepare for the information demands placed upon them in law practice. Print and online sources will be used to resolve problems commonly faced by summer and first-year associates. The course reviews primary authority and secondary sources from the perspective of research problems, rather than from the perspective of each type of resource. Students will use administrative materials, legislative history sources, multivolume looseleaf treatises, state Practice sets, web sites, and legal databases to resolve problems. The course assists students in moving away from reliance on Lexis and Westlaw and requires cost-effective use of these and other resources. The time allotted for research tasks will approximate legal practice, but leave time for reflection consistent with learning new methods of information retrieval. The format of the class consists of the presentation of problems, time allotted for research, demonstrations, and discussions of tools, techniques, and cost-effectiveness of the research process.
Law Practice Information Literacy - Fact Research ("Factual Research")
Instructor: Tom Hemstock, Meets: 1/18/2012 to 3/7/2012
Fact Based Research is a course under the Law Practice Information Literacy umbrella and covers non-legal research skills that are critical to today’s legal practice. Students learn practice ready skills not covered in Legal Skills or other research courses and the course guides students in learning information literacy beyond Westlaw/Lexis.
Business research including newspaper research and corporation filings
Jury Verdict Reports
Real Estate Sales and Title Searches
Other topics TBD
Cost effective legal research is constantly integrated into the course to prepare students for post law school research realities. The format of the class consists of the presentation of problems, time allotted for independent group research, demonstrations, and discussions of resources, techniques, and cost-effectiveness of the research process.