Law 397 - Advanced Legal Research

Cheryl Kelly Fischer

Cheryl Kelly Fischer

Reference Librarian & Head of Instructional Services
Lecturer in Law
B.A. UC San Diego, 1999
M.L.I.S. UCLA, 2007
J.D. UCLA, 2003
UCLA Faculty Since 2007
Course Description:

This course is designed to provide students with the research skills needed in the practice of law.

Course Learning Outcomes:

By taking this course, students will: 

  • Acquire a strategy for tackling any legal research project in any area of law and in any working environment
  • Understand the various legal authorities, how they interrelate, and their authoritative value
  • Become familiar with all of the types of legal resources and tools, print and electronic, including free web resources
  • Learn the various methods for researching case law, statutes, administrative law, court rules, public records, news, and foreign and international law; using legal citators; conducting legislative histories; finding and using secondary sources; and performing advanced and cost-effective online searching
  • Gain direct experience using the more important resources and tools through specific research exercises
  • Increase their searching efficiency

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Cheryl Kelly Fischer / Rebecca Fordon 20F 397 LEC 1 R 1:10 PM - 3:10 PM 2.0 No No