An introduction to the process of legal research and basic legal research strategy. Techniques of using all available legal research resources will be discussed. Beginning with analyzing a factual situation in order to develop a legal research strategy, students will learn how to locate and use secondary sources, case law, statutory and legislative history material, administrative regulations, and available citators within legal databases. Federal and Illinois/state legal research will be introduced and discussed throughout the coursework.
In Basic Legal Research II, students will be introduced to more advanced methods of research as well as cost-effective legal research and drafting materials for transactional or litigation practice. Low cost research alternatives will be explored in addition to the traditional legal research databases and more advanced legal research strategies and sources will be introduced and utilized in class.