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Online Format Syllabus
Advanced Legal Research
About This Course

Advanced and specialized approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library, and elsewhere, will be examined. The conceptual differences between computer-assisted legal research and hard copy research will be taught. You will also learn how to formulate WESTLAW search queries and effectively and efficiently use WESTLAW and other online legal research methods as timesaving devices in legal research and legal writing. Coursework in Advanced Legal Research is equivalent to 45 clock hours of study.

Course Objectives:

Participants will demonstrate the following skills through successful completion of all required coursework and assignments:

Expectations

You will be expected to spend approximately 7 to 8 hours per lesson reading and completing writing assignments. Please note that extensions will not be granted for this online course. 70% is the minimum passing score on all tests and assignments for this course. Students may consider working ahead in the curriculum if they have the time.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Paralegal Certificate Course, Part I (Paralegal 1 & 2), or the equivalent, or law office experience.

Course Books

Required textbooks for this course:

Highly Recommended Legal Resources:

Reading Assignments for Lesson Topics:
Lesson One: LEGAL RESEARCH: REVIEW OF BASIC CONCEPTS
Read Chapter 1 & 2 in Legal Research in a Nutshell (Nutshell)
Lesson Two: ELEMENTS OF RESEARCH AND WESTLAW
Read Chapter 3, 4 & 5 in Nutshell
Lesson Three: ELEMENTS OF RESEARCH AND WESTLAW CONTINUED
Read Chapter 3, 4 & 5 in Nutshell
Lesson Four: LEGAL RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET
Read Chapter 6-10 in Nutshell
Lesson Five: LEGAL RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET CONTINUED
Review Chapters 6-10 in Nutshell
Lesson Six: CITATION FORMAT AND PRIMARY SOURCES OF LAW
No required reading
Lesson Seven: COURSE REVIEW
No required reading

Tests:

For each of the six lessons you will submit a 50-point test covering the information within that topic.

Bulletin Board Assignments:

You will also post your responses to six class participation assignments. These Bulletin Board Assignments assignments make up your class participation grade. All lesson objectives, assignments, and tests can be found within the Lesson Material and also under Activities. Additional resources are available by accessing the URL Library tool.

Grading

Your grade will be based on your completion of six tests and class participation. You will have the opportunity to engage in “class participation” by using the Bulletin Board forums to respond to the bulletin board assignments throughout the course. Also, participating in the bulletin board assignments will enhance your understanding of the reading material.

Your final grade will be figured as follows:

Withdrawal Policy

Students may drop the course with a full tuition refund less a non-refundable $15 administrative fee if written notice is sent to The Center for Legal Studies by email at info@legalstudies.com by the Wednesday before class begins. Students may drop the course with a 50% tuition refund if written notice is sent to The Center for Legal Studies by email at info@legalstudies.com anytime from the Thursday before the course begins until the first Thursday of class. After the first Thursday of class, no refunds will be issued.