Advanced Legal Research (Hybrid Class)

Section 2SP, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 17/18
Credits: 2
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MW
  • 0930-1040
  • WB103
08/26/2020 10/26/2020

Course Description

Our goal for this class is to give you an opportunity to develop your research skills and confidence so that you will be able to research any legal issue you might confront in your practice, thoroughly and effectively. As a class, we will explore legal research in a variety of subject areas, including case law, statutes, legislative history, administrative law, and court procedure. We will also learn how best to take advantage of familiar resources such as Google, Westlaw, Lexis Advance or Bloomberg Law. Most important, however, is for you to become confident in your legal research process, so that you will know that you can handle any research project you might encounter, regardless of topic or available resources.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Four legal research memos, and four short-answer assignments (all submitted directly to professor, not via EXPO). Deadlines to be announced.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Legal Research and Writing I (6004)) AND (Legal Research and Writing II (YR) (6005)) Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: Although this class is an "in person" course, meeting regularly in the classroom, we will have a few class sessions where we will all attend on Zoom instead. This will allow us to take advantage of Zoom's collaboration tools during a time when it is more difficult to collaborate in person. This course lasts 9 weeks, ending October 26.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
120820104
Law No.
LAW8000
Modified Type
Lecture
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Monday, October 12, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Wednesday, October 28, 11:59 PM
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