PLA2730 Computer Assisted Legal Research

This course prepare students to conduct online research using a variety of full-service, low-cost and free modalities and databases including, but not limited to, Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, LoisLaw, Fastcase, Versuslaw, Casemaker, Casetext, Ravel, Google and Bing. Students should develop competencies with respect to natural language and searches using terms and connectors. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to search effectively using key numbers and headnotes, Shepherds and Keycite and their various equivalents. Students will learn to narrow and focus searches using subject matter and procedural terms, specific dates and time-frames, courts, attorneys and parties. In addition, students will learn to perform non-legal research (using business and academic databases) to support legal claims, defenses and typical law office activities. With frequent guests from the local legal community, this entry-level class offers hands-on experience working through basic real-world legal research challenges.

Prerequisite or corequisite: PLA 1003.

Terms Typically Offered:Summer

Classes not offered for selected criteria.

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