Course Abstract Details

LGST-106, Legal Research and Writing

Credits: 3

Course Description

LGST-106, Legal Research and Writing, is an introduction to the tools used in legal research including statutes, cases, treaties, encyclopedia, and computer search techniques. Students will be asked to research actual case type problems and prepare a written memorandum of law. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099 and ENGL-101 or ENGL-103. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Develop an understanding of the methods of legal filing of research materials. 

2. Learn the tools available to solve legal research problems. 

3. Develop analytical skills and reasoning powers through case studies. 

4. Develop legal writing skills by the review and preparation of memoranda for law office and the court. Use state and federal legal reporter services. 

5. Use legal encyclopedias to research legal problems. 

6. Check citations for accuracy and currency. 

7. Locate federal and state statutes and regulations. 

8. Prepare a memorandum of law for filing with the courts and for use in the law office. 

9. Understand and use the vocabulary of the law and of legal research.    

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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