208I sec. 001 - International and Foreign Legal Research (Spring 2020)
Instructor: Marci Hoffman (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.
- W 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 115
From January 15, 2020
To April 24, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 31474
Class Number: 31474
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM
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 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 in-class or homework assignments that allow the student to use and evaluate the various sources; a brief oral presentation based on the topic for the final research guide; and a final research guide on an international or foreign law topic (a 30-page paper). At the end of the semester, students will have practical knowledge and experience in doing legal research, including 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 overall.
While there are no prerequisites for this course, it is assumed that students will have some basic familiarity with legal research techniques. Requires a significant paper of 30 pages or longer.
Note to 1L students: You are not able to use this course to satisfy your writing requirement.
This class may fulfill Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement with instructor approval. In order to qualify for Option 2, all students in the class must be writing a paper of 30 or more pages. Those students who wish to use this paper for the writing requirement must get instructor approval and submit their drafts for comment and revision.
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