Library Tip: Spring Term Legal Research Instruction

January 22, 2018

Dear Students: 

Still shopping? If you are still looking to fill your schedule or feel your research skills could use some sharpening, the following courses are being offered this semester:

ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH: METHODS AND SOURCES (“ALR”) (21027), T/Th 8:35 - 10 am (01) in SLB 128 and T/Th 4:10 - 5:30 pm in SLB 122 (02)
Credit: 2 or 3 Units (variable course)
Offered:  Full Semester
Target Audience: All levels. Students writing a substantial paper, who plan on clerking, or working in law practice.
An advanced exploration of the specialized methods and sources of legal research in some of the following areas: secondary legal authority, case law, statutory authority, legislative history, court rules and practice materials, and administrative law. The course will also cover the legal research process, and tracking research as well as other strategies for efficient and effective legal research. Class sessions will integrate the use of online, print, and other sources to solve legal research problems. Laptop computer recommended. Students are required to complete a series of assignments, in addition to the other course requirements. Students who wish to qualify for a third unit will need to write a paper, in addition to the other course requirements.

Notes about 21027-01: This section will have an enrollment cap of forty. Students must attend the first meeting to maintain their place in the course or on the waiting list. The instructors for this section are S. Stein and R.D. Harrison.  

Notes about 21027-02: This section will have an enrollment cap of forty. Students must attend the first meeting to maintain their place in the course or on the waiting list. In the Spring term, the emphasis in this section will be on techniques, tools, and sources for scholarly writing. The instructors for this section are J. Nann and R.D. Harrison.

SPECIALIZED LEGAL RESEARCH IN CORPORATE LAW (21489), T/Th 8:10 - 10 am in SLB 110

Credit: 1 Unit
Offered: Spring Semester (first seven weeks of the semester, before Spring Break)
Target Audience: 2Ls, 3Ls and second semester 1Ls interested in corporate law

Specialized Legal Research in Corporate Law (21489). 1 unit, credit/fail. This legal research course will focus on corporate law research in a law firm setting. Secondary sources and research techniques specific to the practice of corporate law will be covered. Research topics may include transactional legal research, company and market research, securities research, competitive intelligence, financial analysis, current awareness, form finding and document construction, corporate and nonprofit governance, practitioner’s tools, and other relevant areas based on student interest. Students will be required to complete a series of in-class assignments. The course will meet once weekly for the first half of the term. The skills requirement may be satisfied by taking this course with another 1-unit legal research course. Minimum enrollment of five. J. Eiseman, S. Stein, and M. VanderHeijden.

RESEARCH METHODS IN FOREIGN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW (21487) F 1:10 - 3 pm in SLB 113

Credits: 1 Unit

Offered: Spring Semester (first seven weeks of the semester, before Spring Break)

Target Audience: 2Ls, 3Ls and second semester 1Ls interested in international law

Research Methods in Foreign and International Law (21487). 1 unit, credit/fail. Explores methods for finding the major sources of international law, including treaties and customary law; the material from the UN and other inter-governmental organizations; and laws from nations other than the United States. Particular attention is paid to practical research issues and solutions using both print and electronic resources. Research interests of the class and other specialized topics may also be explored. Minimum enrollment of seven required. The skills requirement may be satisfied by taking this course with another 1-unit legal research course. This course will meet weekly for seven weeks in the first half of the term. L. Olejnkova and E. Ma.

RESEARCH METHODS IN UNITED STATES LEGAL HISTORY (21080) W 1:10 - 3 pm in SLB 113

Credit:  2 or 3 Units (variable course)
Offered: Spring Semester (first seven weeks of the semester, before Spring Break)
Target Audience: 2Ls, 3Ls and second semester 1Ls, and PhD students interested in American legal history

Research Methods in United States Legal History (21080). 2 units. This seminar will examine the methods and major materials used in American historical legal research, whether for scholarly pursuits or professional advocacy. It will cover early judicial, statutory, and constitutional sources; court records; government documents; biographical materials and personal papers of lawyers and judges; other manuscript collections; and early sources of U.S. international law and civil law. Paper required. Enrollment minimum of five. J.B. Nann, F. Shapiro, and M. Widener.

We hope you will take advantage of one or more of these excellent legal research courses in your time at Yale Law School.

Law Library Administration
lawlib.admin@yale.edu

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