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PRL 101 slides, Oct. 1

1247d0fbb1983f2e8070809bb7acd6ef?s=47 Ted Major
October 01, 2015

PRL 101 slides, Oct. 1



Ted Major

October 01, 2015

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  1. Legal research

  2. Research sources • Primary –constitutions –codes/statutes –cases • Secondary –Hornbooks/treatises

    –Formbooks –Restatements –Dictionaries/encyclopedias
  3. Primary law database Case law Federal & state back to

    1950 Statutes U.S. Code & official state statutes for D.C. plus 44 states Other regs. Links to state and federal administrative regulations and codes (some are searchable) Court rules Links to state and federal courts rules (some are searchable) Constitutions Links to state and federal constitutions (a few are searchable)
  4. Databases

  5. Search types • Most powerful, precise and flexible way to

    search • Allows use of Boolean operators to narrow results from the start Keyword (Boolean) • Best for non-legal professionals or brand-new to online legal research • Less precise than Keyword search Natural language • Pull up cases by reporter citation • Search for multiple cases at once Citation lookup
  6. Citation lookup

  7. statutes

  8. Research Assignment • Download from learningbusiness.net • Save & Rename

    • Answer questions • Turn in hard copy at beginning of class next week