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208I sec. 1 - International & Foreign Legal Research (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Marci Hoffman  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: TuTh 3:35-4:50
Meeting Location: 112

Course Start: January 10, 2012
Course Control Number (1Ls): 49508 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49505

This course will cover research methods and sources for international, foreign and comparative legal research, utilizing both print and electronic materials. Students will learn basic concepts of legal research, research strategies, evaluation of materials in various formats, search techniques for effective use of electronic sources (including LexisNexis, Westlaw, and the Web), and research organization. Topics include public international law, foreign law, private international law, the European Union, the United Nations, other international organizations, and more. Most class sessions will involve the use of research guides and materials (posted on the Web) to orient students to the topic, the sources, and appropriate research methodology. Grading will be based on weekly in-class or homework assignments that allow the student to use and evaluate the various sources; a brief oral presentation on a foreign legal system; and a final research guide on an international law topic or an international organization. At the end of the semester, students will have practical knowledge and experience in selecting and using a variety of international and foreign legal sources.

While there are no prerequisites for this course, it is assumed that students will have some basic familiarity with legal research techniques.

This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: P
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
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