As a paralegal, much of what you do will involve research. Where do you begin? How do you know what areas to research? What research tools do you use? You will learn the answers to these questions. Students will learn the process of legal research, not just the components or sources of law. WestLaw, LexisNexis and other research tools will be discussed.
* Introduce students to the National Reporter System and to legal citations so that, give a citation, the student will be able to retrieve a case
* Acquaint the student with the breadth of legal publications such as law reviews; periodicals; and specialized legal journals
* Provide an opportunity for the student to get “hands-on” experience with Computer Assisted Legal Research (CALR) through services such as Westlaw and Lexis
* Give the students and orientation tour of the law library
* Explain why and how a case evolves from trial to written opinion as case law