Advanced Legal Research
The course is designed to prepare law students for research in practice and clerkships. The course will review who produces legal authority and how this material is organized, published, indexed and kept current. Objectives for the course: 1) to show students how to evaluate legal research sources and use them effectively, with particular emphasis on cost-effective research; 2) to expand skills in primary and secondary U.S. legal sources; and 3) to introduce students to the array of non-legal information resources that could be useful to legal practice. Since learning legal research requires a hands-on approach, students are required to complete homework assignments and in-class exercises. Each student is also required to analyze a recent California Supreme Court opinion. Special Instructions: Upon prior consent of the instructors, students will be eligible to receive Research (R) credit. Those requesting Research credit will be required to write a substantial research paper based on independent research in an area related to legal research and publishing. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. The course is open to Stanford graduate students with permission from the instructor. See "Special Instructions" in course description above. Elements used in grading: Written assignments and in-class exercises.
Instructors for this coursePaul Lomio
Erika V. Wayne
George D. Wilson