New attorneys spend most of their time researching the law. We will use hands-on classroom exercises and homework assignments to develop skills to research case law, statutes, legislative history, administrative law, and court procedure. We will learn and practice advanced search techniques in Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, free online sources, and print sources.
Midterm Type (if any): None
Final Type (if any): None
Final Exam Notes:
Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Written assignments (all submitted directly to professor, not via EXPO). Deadlines to be announced.
In-class research exercises, group presentations, and tracking current awareness topics of student's choice throughout class.
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 Notes: Although this is an "in person" course that will meet regularly in the classroom, several of our class sessions will be Zoom-only where we will all attend on Zoom instead. This will allow us to make full use of Zoom's collaboration tools during this time when it is more difficult to collaborate in person. The Zoom-only classes will consist of a combination of lecture by me, work in small Zoom breakout groups which I will regularly drop in on, and class-wide questions and answers. This course meets for nine weeks.
*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.