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Legal Research

Course Number: 10110104
Credits: 3.00

Course Description

10-110-104 LEGAL RESEARCH ...learn and apply skills related to research terminology; sources of law; primary/secondary authority; mandatory/persuasive authority; citation form; factual/legal issues; effective research strategies; validating and updating results; computer-assisted legal research; Internet research. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

Course Typically Offered

  • Fall
  • Spring

Length of Course

Course Competencies

  1. Use terminology associated with legal research.
  2. Explain the different sources of law.
  3. Differentiate between and identify primary and secondary authority.
  4. Identify mandatory and persuasive authority.
  5. Use proper citation form.
  6. Develop and use effective legal research strategies.
  7. Develop efficient methods of validating and updating legal research results.
  8. Explain the basic functions of different types of online research tools.
  9. Demonstrate competent use of computer assisted legal research.
  10. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of using the Internet as a tool for factual and legal research