Law 397 - Advanced Legal Research

Lynn McClelland

Lynn McClelland

Reference Librarian
B.S. Shenandoah University, 1998
M.P.H. UCLA School of Public Health, 2007
J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2007
M.L.I.S. San José State University, 2011
Course Description:

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