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Spring 2023

5297 Intermediate Legal Research - DRAKE- 25194

Professor(s): Alyson Drake (LIBRARIAN)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Practice Skills - (Research and Writing) 

Time: 4:00p-6:00p  M  Location: 310 

Course Outline: Building on the legal research process introduced in Lawyering Skills and Strategies, Intermediate Legal Research focuses on using print and electronic research tools to find and analyze legal information. Students will apply their research and analysis skills to simulated research problems from clients and build on their basic techniques for finding and analyzing legal information in the major electronic databases and cost-effective alternatives. Students will also be introduced to research tools and strategies not included in the LSS curriculum, including regulatory research, legislative history research, and more.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.

Quota= 14.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:      

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials

No book required for this course

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.

Laptops: Please bring a laptop with you to each class session; we will be regularly using online subscription databases and web resources, so a laptop is necessary to participate fully in class activities. A phone isn’t a sufficient substitute for a laptop in this class.

TWEN: All course materials will be housed on TWEN. Materials for each week can be found in the Weekly Materials folder; within that, materials for each week will be in a folder name for that week (ex. Week 1: Date). You will also submit assignments via TWEN.

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