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: email@example.com 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.