Upper Class & Graduate Courses

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Administrative Law Research
[1 credit] Nina Scholtz
Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Lawyering, or currently enrolled in U.S. Legal Research for LL.M. Students.
Course meets first 6½ weeks of the term. Limited enrollment.
This course will focus on practical aspects of the doctrinal Administrative Law course, learning to maneuver through the federal rulemaking process and locating agency adjudications. Students will participate in electronic rulemaking and make use of the Unified Agenda. This course will expand the students' skills in using the legal sources discussed in the administrative law courses by putting the process into action. Students currently enrolled in the Administrative Law course are particularly encouraged to take this course.

Advanced Legal Research in Business Law
[1 credit] Matt Morrison
Prerequisite: Lawyering.
Course meets first 6½ weeks of the term. Limited enrollment.
This course will introduce students to online sources for finding corporate business information. Sessions will cover materials generated by the business entity such as annual reports and filings with state and federal agencies, materials issued by regulators, market and industry information, and business news. The focus will be on learning to use business databases, research strategy, and the evaluation of resources.

Advanced Legal Research - International and Foreign Law
[2 credits] Thomas Mills
Limited enrollment.
The practice of law continues to become ever more dependent upon a clear understanding of the global context in which it occurs. This course provides an overview of sources, methods, and strategies for researching international and foreign law. Topics to be covered include the various legal systems of the world, public and private international law, the European Union, and the United Nations. The course will be delivered through lectures and hands-on exercises. Selected readings will be available online and on reserve; there is no required textbook. There will be a series of assignments and a final research project in lieu of a final exam. Foreign language ability is not required.

Online Research and Resources
[1 credit] Amy Emerson, Mark Williams
With the development of the Internet, web-based legal research skills have become increasing important. Lawyers today are expected to have the research skills necessary to effectively and efficiently use these materials. This half-semester course will help students become effective and efficient researchers by developing students’ general online research skills and strategies, and exploring when and how to use free electronic resources in conjunction with paper resources.

Advanced Legal Research
[3 credits] Team taught by research services librarians
Prerequisite: Lawyering.
Limited enrollment. Satisfies the writing requirement.
This seminar teaches cutting-edge research techniques to prepare students for practice in the law office of the future. It focuses on desktop electronic legal research and covers U.S., international, and foreign law, as well as multidisciplinary research. It is designed to teach students, whose careers will begin in a period of information transition, how to handle traditional and electronic sources and formats and make efficient choices.

Law Practice Technology
[1 credit] Dan Blackaby, Femi Cadmus, Carissa Vogel
Limited enrollment
Rapidly evolving technologies are undoubtedly transforming the traditional law practice.  The purpose of this course is to explore and investigate the use and impact of current technologies in the practice of law.  The focus will be smaller to mid-sized law firms but there will also be some discussion on large practice groups. Tools for client management, electronic discovery, and document management will be analyzed.  Ethical issues relating to proper use of technology and data management will be discussed. Electronic communications and social networking tools will also be explored.