This course offers students the opportunity to expand their skills in using primary and secondary legal sources and research the types of issues encountered in the practice of law.
The course covers a range of topics, including in-depth statutory and case law research, legislative history, and administrative law research. Additionally, California practice materials and specialized topical resources will be examined.
Students are exposed to real-life situations, including the ethics of legal research and cost-effectiveness.
Upon completion of this course, students will have gained experience formulating efficient research methodologies and evaluating sources of legal information in various formats. A significant amount of class time will be devoted to researching hypotheticals to increase the student's research competence and self-confidence.
Students may (1) take up to 3 units total of advanced research courses, and (2) may not take both Advanced Legal Research and Practical Legal Research.