Advanced Legal Research

Section 2, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 18/18
Credits: 2
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1000-1120
  • WB278
08/30/2022 11/01/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

New attorneys spend the bulk of their time conducting legal research, and robust research skills create a strong foundation for early career success. The goal of this class is to build confidence in your legal research capabilities through a combination of in-class exercises and written assignments. The course will cover strategies for efficiently researching primary and secondary sources in both subscription databases and free resources. We will also learn and apply research skills in several subject areas frequently encountered in legal practice, including case law, statutes, legislative history, administrative law, and court procedure. By the conclusion of the course, students will feel empowered to handle any research project they might encounter, regardless of topic or available resources.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: In-class participation and 5-6 written assignments (not papers). Each assignment will ask students to research a legal issue and document the process they used to identify the answer (due directly to instructor, not via EXPO).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Legal Research and Writing I (6004)) AND (Legal Research and Writing II (YR) (6005)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources:
Course Notes:

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: Tuesday, October 25, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Thursday, November 03, 11:59 PM