LAWS225 Advanced Legal Research and Writing

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS225 Advanced Legal Research and Writing
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
LAWS220 and either LAWS100 or LAWS110; or permission of the Department of Business Studies
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course emphasizes the systematic study of electronic legal research and critical analysis of legal issues, location, and evaluation of appropriate legal authority and application of such authority to the resolution of hypothetical factual situations. Includes preparation of effective written persuasive presentations in acceptable legal format.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    The overall objective of this course is to help students integrate their knowledge of theoretical concepts and practical competencies of research, writing and critical thinking.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
    1. analyze a problem and identify and evaluate alternative solutions
    2. determine which areas of law are relevant to a particular situation
    3. apply recognized legal authority to a specific factual situation
    4. prepare and carry out a legal research plan and analyze and categorize key facts in a situation.
    5. use electronic sources of law to locate applicable statutes, administrative regulations, constitutional provisions, court cases and other primary source materials
    6. use electronic sources of law to locate treatises, law review articles, legal encyclopedias, and other secondary source material that help explain the law
    7. read, evaluate and analyze electronic sources of law and apply them to issues requiring legal analysis
    8. properly cite sources of law
    9. understand and apply principles of writing and rules of English grammar to all writing tasks
    10. write in a style that conveys legal theory in a clear and concise persuasive manner
    11. report legal research findings in an appropriate format for submission to a court
    12. identify attributes of a team player and work effectively as part of a team
    13. work independently and with a minimal amount of supervision when appropriate
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    The learning materials used by students will be selected in accordance with the learning objectives. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Teaching methods may include lecture, case analysis, experiential exercises, internet activities, writing assignments, videos, research projects, team work, and class discussion.

Review/Approval Date - 3/04