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208I sec. 1 - International & Foreign Legal Research (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Marci Hoffman  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: W 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 141

Course Start: January 09, 2013
Course Control Number (1Ls): 49520 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49517

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 web databases, and research organization. Topics include public international law, foreign law, private international law, the European Union, the United Nations, other international organizations, and more. Class sessions will involve the use of research guides and materials to orient students to the topic, the sources, and appropriate research methodology. Students will conduct research in class using both print and electronic resources. 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; 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 satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: P
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
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  • International and Foreign Legal Research: A Coursebook
    Edition: 2nd ed., 2012
    Publisher: Brill, pub. will give a student price for the book.
    ISBN: 9789004204805
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $80.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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