Advanced Legal Research

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 17/18
Credits: 2
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1000-1120
  • WB278
01/24/2023 03/30/2023
*“R” means Thursday

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. 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:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: 5-6 Written assignments (not papers) submitted directly to professor (not via EXPO). Deadlines to be announced. Class participation is also expected.

Other Work
Students will participate in in-class research exercises and group exercises.

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 lasts 9 weeks, not the full semester.

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: Thursday, March 23, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Saturday, April 01, 11:59 PM