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Advanced Legal Research

4 credit hours (2 clinical, 2 academic), Fall or Spring semester

Building on the skills learned during the first-year CrimLAW program, Advanced Legal Research has two primary objectives: to help students become more effective legal researchers and more knowledgeable consumers of legal information once they are in practice. The course begins with a discussion of secondary sources, which are very useful for finding primary legal authority and for understanding the law, and then moves on to an intensive review of some of the basics: case law, statutes, citators, and digests. As time permits, we also cover materials to which students may not have been exposed during their law school careers, such as administrative law, legislative history, international law, New York legal research, and Internet research. Both hardcopy and electronic sources will be covered. This course does NOT quality for the ULWR.