Federal Legal Research (SD 488)


The principal purpose of this course is to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to conduct effective legal research on federal law. It will train students in legal tools that answer more complex legal research problems, including federal legislative histories, sources of administrative law, and specialized subject research. It also has the secondary, but important, goal of expanding on and reinforcing the basic legal research skills that students had earlier gained from Legal Research and Writing. Although the course is only one credit, you will become reasonably knowledgeable about sources of federal law and skilled in researching various federal and general legal sources. This course will be evaluated based on five research graded research papers, one each day the class meets.


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