6370 Advanced Legal Research - SIMONS- 15410
Spencer Simons (FACULTY)
Course Areas: Practice Skills - (Research and Writing)
Time: 9:00a-10:30a MWLocation: 4 BLB
Course Outline: to develop understanding of legal research as a process.
You will learn to plan, track, and assess your research progress in a way that gets you on the right track and guides you to completion with a minimum of wasted effort, duplication, and time. After establishing a solid research process, using the core legal resources used by all attorneys, the course will develop your expertise in critical areas less familiar to many attorneys, such as international and foreign law, empirical (non-legal) research, legislative history, and the increasingly important administrative law. Both Texas and Federal legal research will be studied and practiced. You will be introduced to a number of free and subscription online databases, and will receive instruction in West and LexisNexis databases and specialized resources. Since the goal of research is the production of usable analysis, there will be a research memo assignment culminating in a written analysis of a legal problem. You will also develop a research guide to resources and techniques in a specialized subject of your choosing. Also explored will be the use of tools to identify and properly develop transactional documents, and, as time permits, tips on drafting skills to allow you to develop common documents while avoiding drafting pitfalls.
Course Syllabus: Syllabus
First Day Assignments: Readings for First Week: Algero, pp. 3 – 21, 23 – 42; Simons, pp. 193 – 201.
Final Exam Schedule:
This course will have:
Exam: PER PROF. NO FINAL EXAM
Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement: No