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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.
- 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
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Required Course Books
Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing, 2nd edition, by William H. Putman
Legal Research and Writing Across the Curriculum: Problems and Exercises, by Michael D. Murray and Christy H. DeSanctis
- Westlaw® online legal research access, available for the course duration from The Center for Legal Studies for only $75.
Highly Recommended Resources HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LEGAL RESOURCES:
Black's Law Dictionary, 3rd pocket edition, $35.
- Ballentine's Legal Dictionary and Thesaurus, $69
*WITHDRAWAL POLICY: Students may drop the course with a full tuition refund less a non-refundable $15 administrative fee if written notice is sent to The Center for Legal Studies by email at email@example.com by the Wednesday before class begins. Students may drop the course with a 50% tuition refund if written notice is sent to The Center for Legal Studies by email at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime from the Thursday before the course begins until the first Thursday of class. After the first Thursday of class, no refunds will be issued.
***All classes are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient number of attendees. ***
For additional information contact:
5201 University Boulevard, Pellegrino Hall 301
Laredo, TX 78041
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