Advanced Legal Research

Section 2, Fall 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 18/18
Credits: 2
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1000-1120
  • WB278
08/26/2021 11/02/2021

Course Description

The goal of this class is to build confidence in legal research skills, as new attorneys spend the bulk of their time conducting legal research. Through a combination of in-class exercises and written assignments this class will cover strategies for efficiently researching primary and secondary sources in both subscription databases and free resources. We will learn and apply research skills in several subject areas frequently encountered in legal practice, including case law, statutes and legislative history, administrative law, and court procedure.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: 4-5 written assignments (not papers) submitted directly to professor, not via EXPO. Deadlines to be announced.

Other Work
3-4 quizzes (short) administered through Canvas. Group activities and class participation.

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: This course meets 9 weeks, ending November 2.

Graduation Requirements

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

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level 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.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Monday, October 25, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Thursday, November 04, 11:59 PM