Advanced Legal Research and Writing Certificate


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.

Course Objectives:

  • 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
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Paralegal Certificate Course, Part I (Paralegal 1 & 2), or the equivalent, or law office experience.

Cost: $729.00

NOTE: In order to complete the requirements for the certificate you are required to complete one session in it’s entirety.


2014 Online Sessions:

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Session 1

January 13, 2014 February 28, 2014
March 10, 2014 April 25, 2014
May 05, 2014 June 20, 2014
June 30, 2014 August 15, 2014
August 25, 2014 October 10, 2014
October 20, 2014 December 5, 2014

2015 Online Sessions:

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Session 1

January 12, 2015 February 27, 2015


For Payment Options visit Center for Legal Studies
or call 1(800) 522-7737


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Required textbooks for this course:

  • Legal Research, Analysis and Writing, 3rd edition by William H. Putnam
  • Legal Research and Writing Across the Curriculum: Problems & Exercises, by Michael D. Murray and Christy H. DeSanctis
  • WESTLAW, online legal research access, available for the duration of the course for only $89.00. Order Online

Highly Recommended Legal Resources:

  • Oran’s Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition, by Daniel Oran. Clifton Park: Delmar Cengage Learning



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