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Live Lecture Format Syllabus
Advanced Legal Research & Writing Certificate Course
About This Course

Advanced and specialized approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library, and elsewhere, will be examined. The conceptual differences between computer-assisted legal research and hard copy research will be taught. You will also learn how to formulate WESTLAW search queries and effectively and efficiently use WESTLAW and other online legal research methods as timesaving devices in legal research and legal writing.

This course is designed to examine more thoroughly advanced and specialized approaches to utilizing the legal sources available in the law library and online.

Course Objectives:

After successfully completing the tests and assignments for course, you will know:

Expectations

You will be expected to spend an average of 8 hours per week reading and completing writing assignments. 70% is the minimum passing score on all tests and assignments for this course. Students may consider working ahead in the curriculum if they have the time.

Course Books

Required textbooks for this course:

Highly Recommended Legal Resources:

For more information, call The Center for Legal Studies at 800-522-7737, or visit our Online Store to order.

Lesson Topics:
Lesson One: Legal Authorities and Citations
Lesson Two: Legal Analysis
Lesson Three: WESTLAW® Online Legal Research
Lesson Four: Legal Memoranda
Lesson Five: Manual Legal Research
Lesson Six: Types of Legal Writing

Legal Research Projects:

You will complete two 50 point legal research projects utilizing WESTLAW online legal research.

Writing Assignments:

You will complete two 100 point legal writing assignments: a Case Brief and a Memorandum of Law.

Exams:

You will complete two exams. Each is worth 100 points. The Midterm exam is to be submitted with your Lesson Three Assignments; the Final exam is to be submitted with your Lesson Six Assignments.

Bulletin Board Assignments:

You will also post your responses to six class participation assignments. These assignments are referred to as Bulletin Board Submissions and will be submitted by either selecting Bulletin Board Submission from within the lesson material, or by selecting ‘Forums’ under Activities on the Left Hand Block.

All lesson objectives, assignments, and tests can be found in the Lesson Materials.

Grading

Your grade will be based on your completion of six tests, two exams, and class participation/Bulletin Board Submissions. The exams and tests can be accessed from within the lesson material, or by selecting ‘Assignments’ under Activities on the Left Hand Block. You will have the opportunity to engage in “class participation” by using the Bulletin Board tool to respond to the bulletin board assignments throughout the course. Also, participating in the bulletin board assignments will enhance your understanding of the reading material.

Your final grade will be figured as follows:

Live Refund Policy

We understand that your schedule may change at the last minute and prevent you from attending this course. If you must cancel your registration, please call us at least one week in advance of the program and we will issue you a refund. No refunds will be given after the first class meeting.