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					                                        LEGAL RESEARCH

                                       COURSE SYLLABUS

                                             SPRING 2011

PARA 3020-01                                                       Uptown Campus
Credits: 3                                                         Room 202, Newcomb Hall
                                                                   & Room 304, Law School Library
                                                                   Tuesdays, 5:45 - 8:25

                                          Instructor Information

Name: Jeffery D. Morgan
Tele: (504) 913-2379
Email: jdmorgan@tulane.edu
Office Hours: Immediately after class.

                                 Learning Outcomes and Assessment


OBJECTIVE                                 ASSSESSMENT METHOD
1. Utilize a law library.                 Through use of law library to locate answers to both graded and non-
                                          graded assignments.
2. Locate regulatory, statutory,          Through use of law library to locate answers to both graded and non-
constitutional, and case materials.       graded assignments, including exams and a research project..
3. Brief a case for use in legal inquiry. Through separate graded case brief assignment.
4. Utilize correct legal citation norms. Through quizzes and exams which require correct citation.
5. Obtain relevant legal information      Through use of law library to locate answers to both graded and non-
from legal digests and other secondary graded assignments, including exams and a research project.
legal authorities.
6. Utilize electronic legal research      Through 12 hours of hands-on instruction in Westlaw and related
tools, including a legal research         graded written assignments.
database.
7. Locate and apply rules of legal        Through study, discussion, and exam questions on NALA and NFPA
ethics and professionalism in the         canons and ethical considerations, as adapted from ABA Model Code of
context of legal research.                Professional Responsibility, as they relate to legal research.



                                      Instructional Methods Used

Methods and Procedures: lectures, class discussions, group projects, writing assignments,
library assignments, and exams.

                                                 Textbook

William H. Putman, Legal Research, Analysis and Writing (2d ed.).
                                                           Grading Criteria

        Case Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15%     Electronic Legal Research Assignments . . . . . 30%
        First Examination . . . . . . . . . . . 20%          Final Exam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20%
        Pervasive Research Project . . . . 15%
                                                           

                                                     Grading
Scale

                                                               

A       94-100               B+        89-87              C+     79-77                       D+         69-67
A-      93-90                B         86-83              C      76-73                       D          66-63
                             B-        82-80              C-     72-70                       D-         62-60
                                                                                             F          Below 60

                                                Attendance & Assignments

Class
attendance
and
participation
are
essential.
If
you
miss
a
class,
you
are
still
responsible
for

the
subject
matter
covered
in
the
lecture
and
for
timely
submission
of
all
assignments.
Since

the
pace
of
the
class
may
vary
from
week
to
week,
reading
assignments
may
also
vary
from
the

proposed
course
calendar
listed
below.
In
the
event
of
an
absence,
students
should
contact

each
other
or
the
instructor
to
determine
the
subject
matter
missed.
Students
must
submit
all

assignments
on
their
due
dates.
One
letter
grade
will
be
deducted
for
each
day
late.
Students

who
submit
assignments
by
email
bear
the
burden
of
confirming
that
the
assignment
was

received
by
the
instructor
in
a
readable
format
by
the
date.




                                       Code of Academic Conduct

The provisions of the Academic Code of Conduct apply to this course. Please familiarize yourself
with the restrictions contained therein. The Code is located at the following cite:
http://college.tulane.edu/code.htm.

                                       Disability
Accommodations

        

The
University
makes
available
reasonable
accommodations
in
accordance
with
Section
504
of

the
Rehabilitation
Act
of
1973
and
the
American
with
Disabilities
Act
of
1990.

Any
student

with
specific
questions
about
disability
accommodations
should
contact
the
Goldman
Office
of

Disability
Services
at
the
Center
for
Educational
Resources
and
Counseling
(ERC).

The
website

follows:
http://tulane.edu/studentaffairs/erc/
.




                                       Tape
Recording
Restrictions

        

In
an
effort
to
encourage
class
participation
and
discussion,
the
tape
recording
of
class
lectures

is
not
permitted.

Exceptions
will
be
made
only
in
connection
with
the
reasonable

accommodation
of
bona
fide
disabilities.


                                     Tentative Course Calendar (Subject to Change)

        01/11/11             Intro to Course
                             Library Tour
                             Assignment of Pervasive Research Project
01/18/11   Chapter 1: Introduction to Legal Principles and Authorities
           Chapter 2: Introduction to Legal Research and Analysis
           Homework Assignment: Identify primary, secondary, mandatory, and
           persuasive authorities. Perform legal analysis of assigned fact patterns.

01/25/11   Chapter 3: Statutes, Constitutions, Administrative Law
           Homework Assignment: Locate relevant enacted law.

02/01/11   Chapter 4: Case Law—Research and Briefing
           Homework Assignment – Drafting a case brief.
           Case Brief Assignment Handed Out

02/08/11   Examination
           Case brief discussion continued.
           Homework Assignment – Drafting a case brief.

02/15/11   Chapter 5: Secondary Authority – Digests
           Homework: Locate relevant case law using digests.
           Case Brief Due

02/22/11   Computer Lab Instruction

03/01/11   Computer Lab Instruction

03/08/11   No Class – Mardi Gras Break

03/15/11   Computer Lab Instruction

03/22/11   Computer Lab Instruction

03/29/11   Chapter 5: Secondary Authority – Encyclopedia, Treatises, American Law
           Reports, Shepard’s.
           Homework Assignment: Locate relevant secondary authority.

04/05/11   Chapter 6: Secondary Authority – Periodicals, Restatements,
           Uniform Laws, and Other Authorities.
           Homework Assignment: Locate relevant secondary authority

04/12/11   Chapter 8: Legal Citation
           Homework Assignment: Using proper citation form.
           Pervasive Research Project Due

04/19/11   Ethics Handouts: Legal Ethics and Professionalism
           Locating Louisiana Rules of Professionalism
           Interpretation of Rules
           Final Examination Handed Out & Posted on Blackboard

04/26/11   Final Examination Due
Please remember to evaluate the course online.

				
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