This course presents the student with two aspects for effective writing in the legal environment: citation skills and legal research skills. Students will learn and practice the basic skills necessary for identifying, locating, and using legal resources, including primary sources of statutory and case law; secondary authority; and research reference tools commonly used in the practice of law. Students will also be introduced to Bluebook citation methods.
At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to do the following:
1. Evaluate and understand legal authority structures, identify legal issues, assess source
credibility and accuracy, and formulate a line of legal reasoning using those sources;
2. Use sound methods of legal research; and
3. Properly attribute sources in legal writing, and be able to cite to cases, statutes, regulations,
and secondary sources in Bluebook format.
- Harvard L. Review Association,The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation., 21st ed., Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard Law Review Association, 2020.
- Beau Steenken & Tina Brooks, Sources of American Law: An Introduction to Legal Research., 2d ed., CALI eLangdell Press, 2016.
Jessica Kirschner,The Chicago Manual of Style., 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
|Instructor(s)||School of Law Prof. Mark Shope|
|Prior Knowledge||Language: This class is taught in English, with Mandarin subtitles provided in the lecture videos. However, students do not need English skills in excess of those required by the university for admission.|
|Related Resources||Course Video Course Syllabus Course Calendar|