First Year Legal Research
Law library faculty members teach the first-year course Legal Research Tools and Strategies. This course covers case law, statutes, secondary sources, administrative law, legislative history, legal research methods, and practice-ready research.
Strategic Legal Research
Strategic Legal Research is an upper-level three-credit course taught by the law librarians. The processes and techniques of research are explored from historic, conceptual, and practical perspectives. Among the material covered in the course are international and foreign research, legislative history, practice resources and administrative law.
Researching Administrative Law
Researching Administrative Law is an upper-level, two-credit course taught by law library faculty members. The course explores sources if administrative law, with primary emphasis on federal administrative law, and provides students the opportunity to research regulations, agency decisions, and other administrative legal resources using a variety of sources. The goal of this course is to give students a practical understanding of where administrative authority and law originates and how to find it.
Law library faculty members are available to offer guest lectures on a variety of topics. Courses in which law librarians have given presentations include Federal Income Tax, Wills, Trusts, and Estates, Representing the Entrepreneur, and White Collar Crime. Law librarians have also offered lectures on topic selection, The Bluebook, and researching international law to the law school’s moot court teams and law reviews. In addition, law librarians have offered presentations at programs offered by the Career Services Office and at continuing legal education seminars.
Customized Course Guides
The library faculty will, upon request, prepare a customized research guide for your course in order to assist your students in maximizing the learning potential offered by your course. Because the guide is customized for your course and is prepared in cooperation with an information expert, the guide will be perfectly suited for your course and can be modified at any time to adapt to the changing needs of your course and students.