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Syllabus for Legal Research PAR 155

The course requirements, relevant assignments and readings are outlined in the material that follows on this page.

BOOKS OBJECTIVES POLICIES
ASSIGNMENTS GRADES  


Required Books

THE LEGAL RESEARCH MANUAL, A Game Plan for Legal Research and Analysis by Christopher G. Wren and Jill Robinson Wren

Legal Research and Writing Exercises for Paralegals, by Charles P. Nemeth

THE BLUEBOOK, A Uniform System of Citation

 

 These texts are available at the College Bookstore. You may buy books in person or have them shipped to your home.   Contact the bookstore by phone, email or in person. 

Learning Objectives

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of what is involved in research legal materials.  The course will cover the following topics:  

Understanding citations to judicial decisions  

Understanding citations to State and Federal Statutes 

Understanding citations to decisions and rules of Administrative agencies 

Understanding the West key numbering system 

Understanding the Shepards' citation system

Understanding how to brief a case                                                                                                       

This course will explain how managers and supervisors at all levels can effectively prevent and manage conflict within an office setting.


Course Policies

 This is a distance learning course. As such, participants have a great amount of flexibility in completing the course. Persons enrolled in this section must complete all course requirements as outlined in the following section.  The due dates listed below are firm; it is the responsibility of the course participant to schedule, complete and submit required course assignments on time.

Likewise, participants are responsible for scheduling and completing the course chapters, the relevant reading for the course and understanding of associated exercises and tools. Material must be completed and submitted on time.   A final grade will be issued at the end of the term on the date required by the College.

Assignments

SEPTEMBER 2 INTRODUCTION

SEPTEMBER 9 SOURCES OF THE LAW

Reading; Pages 1-19

SEPTEMBER 16 CITATIONS

Reading; Pages 20-28

Exercise 1.1 & 1.2 Due

SEPTEMBER 23 DEALING WITH FACTS

Reading; Pages 29-40

Exercises 2.1 & 2.2 Due

SEPTEMBER 30 DEALING WITH FACTS

Reading; Pages 29-40

Exercises 3.2 & 3.3 Due

OCTOBER 7 READING THE LAW

Reading; Pages 79-94

Exercises 4.1 & 4.2 Due

OCTOBER 14 READING THE LAW

Reading; Pages 79-94

OCTOBER 21 COMPUTERIZED LEGAL RESEARCH

Reading; Pages 133-139

OCTOBER 28 RESEARCH AND REVIEW

NOVEMBER 4 MIDTERM

Exercise 5.1 Due

NOVEMBER 11 EXERCISES IN RESEARCH AND CASE BRIEFING

Exercises 5.2 & 5.3 Due

NOVEMBER 18 EXERCISES IN RESEARCH AND CASE BRIEFING

Exercises 5.10, 5.13 & 5.17 Due

NOVEMBER 25 EXERCISES IN RESEARCH AND CASE BRIEFING

Exercises 6.1, 6.2 & 6.3 Due

DECEMBER 2 EXERCISES IN RESEARCH AND CASE BRIEFING

DECEMBER 9 FINAL EXAMINATION

 

 

Grades

There are Nine (9) written graded assignments to be turned in on specific due dates. They will be graded as follows:

Exercises 1.1 & 1.2- 5%

Exercises 2.1 & 2.2-5%

Exercises 3.2 & 3.3-10%

Exercises 4.1 & 4.2-10%

Exercises 5.2 & 5.4-10%

Exercises 5.10, 5.13 & 5.17-10%

Exercises 6.1, 6.2 & 6.3-10%

Midterm and Final Examination-20% each

   The grading scale for the course is:

          A = 90 and above; B = 80 - 89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; E = 59 and below.