West Texas A&M University
Advanced Legal Research and Writing
About This Course
This exciting course is designed to teach advanced and specialized approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library, and elsewhere. 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 time-saving 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.
Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from the college or university of their choice.
- Lesson 1: Legal Authorities and Citations
- Lesson 2: Legal Analysis
- Lesson 3: Westlaw© online legal research
- Lesson 4: The Legal Memorandum of Law
- Lesson 5: Manual Legal Research
- Lesson 6: Types of Legal Writing
- How to conduct manual legal research
- How to conduct electronic legal research
- How to find, interpret and use various types of legal authorities
- How to shepardize legal authorities
- How to write a legal analysis
- How to draft a Memorandum of Law
- How to brief case opinions
- How to engage in various types of legal writing
Participants will be expected to complete reading and homework assignments and will be assigned an advanced legal research project and legal writing assignment. Final research and writing projects will be presented for grading to the instructor or The Center for Legal Studies as a prerequisite of course completion.
PREREQUISITE: Students must have completed the core Paralegal Certificate Course or have one year paralegal experience prior to enrolling in this course.
Please call 1-800-522-7737 or email [email protected] for more information.
The Advanced Legal Research and Writing is offered in the following formats:
The Center for Legal Studies features in a convenient online format the Advanced Legal Research & Writing Certificate Course. Classes are available from any computer with Internet access. This course is designed to more thoroughly examine advanced and specialized approaches to utilizing the legal sources available in the law library and online.
- View the Course Syllabus
- Hands on practical application research exercises to hone your research skills
- Instruction in Westlaw© tutorials
- Students benefit from direct interaction with the instructor and other students.
Required Course Textbooks
Legal Research, Analysis and Writing, 4th Edition - William H. Putman
Legal Research Methods, 2nd Edition - Michael D. Murray and Christy H. Desanctis