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Building on the approach used in the widely adopted Legal Writing Handbook , Just Research uses a process approach to teach students how to use print and electronic sources to research issues governed by state and federal statutes, common law, and constitutional law. In addition, Just Research goes beyond the basics and prepares students for practice by showing them how to research issues governed by court rules and local law and how to locate reliable information about people, places, and things.

Proven effective in the classroom, the updated Second Edition of Just Research features:

  • integrated coverage of both paper and electronic sources—locating the best source, whether paper or electronic
  • a consistent emphasis on electronic research:
    • using fee-based search engines such as LexisNexis®, Loislaw, VersusLaw, and Westlaw
    • using free search engines, such as FindLaw and government-sponsored websites
    • using generic search engines, such as Google, to find relevant materials
  • a problem-based organization:
    • researching statutory and common law
    • researching constitutional issues
    • researching issues governed by court rules and municipal codes
    • researching factual issues
  • a three-pronged approach to teaching legal research:
    • explain the process of legal research
    • show students how the same process applies to dissimilar problems
    • describe how to apply the same process in law practice
  • extensive step-by-step illustrations of how to conduct research
  • Practice Pointers
  • A bound-in CD-ROM with practice exercises
  • a dedicated Teacher’s Manual with specific teaching suggestions for each chapter in the book
  • a Teaching Materials Website with additional teaching and testing materials

The authors’ trademark clarity and finely honed content make Just Research, Second Edition, the perfect complement to any legal writing course. New professors will especially appreciate the ample teaching support that accompanies this book.

*A Teacher’s Manual may be available for this book. Teacher’s Manuals are a professional courtesy offered to professors only. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Aspen Publishers at 800-950-5259 or legaledu@wolterskluwer.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735576704
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Legal Research

Chapter 1. Fortresses, Tumors, and Legal Research
Chapter 2. The United States Legal System
Chapter3. Sources, Citations to Sources, and Mandatory and Persuasive Authority

Part II: Researching Issues Governed by State Statutes, Federal Statutes, and Local Regulations

Chapter 4. Researching Issues Governed by State Statutes and Regulations
Chapter 5. Researching Issues Governed by Federal Statutes and Regulations
Chapter 6. Researching Issues Governed by County and City Ordinances
Chapter 7. Doing Federal and State Legislative Histories

Part III: Researching Common Law and Constitutional Issues

Chapter 8. Researching Issues Governed by Common Law
Chapter 9. Researching Constitutional Issues

Part IV: Rules

Chapter 10. Researching Issues Governed by Federal, State, or Local Rules

Part V: Cite Checking

Chapter 11. Citators

Part VI: Practice Information

Chapter 12. Locating Forms
Chapter 13. Researching Judges, Law Firms, People, Companies, and Things

Glossary Describing Sources for Legal Research
Reliable Websites

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