208I sec. 1 - International & Foreign Legal Research (Spring 2014)
Instructor: Marci Hoffman (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: W 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 130
Course Start: January 08, 2014
Class Number (1Ls): 49516 (section 2)
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49514
Do you want to be prepared to work in an international venue or practice in an area of international or comparative law? If so, you need this course. We 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 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 or foreign law topic. 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. You will also gain confidence in your research abilities and become a more effective and efficient researcher.
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.
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Required Books are in blue
- International and Foreign Legal Research: A Coursebook
Edition: 2nd, 2012
Copyright Date: To Be Determined
Price Source: user provided