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Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Just Research / Edition 2

Just Research / Edition 2

by Laurel Currie Oates, Anne Enquist


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This new legal research text reflects the reality of modern practice by offering a fully integrated approach to both print and electronic sources. JUST RESEARCH provides a comprehensive introduction that helps first-year students develop the skills they will use throughout their legal careers.

The text is constructed for maximum effectiveness:

  • teaches the best source for a project, whether paper or electronic, to more accurately depict how practicing lawyers are conducting research now
  • emphasizes electronic research in recognition of its increasing use by attorneys; students learn how to use generic search engines (such as Google), fee-based services (such as LexisNexis, LoisLaw, VersusLaw, and Westlaw), and free services (such as FindLaw and government sponsored websites) to find relevant materials efficiently
  • uses a problem-based organization that focuses on categories of legal issues, rather than organizing the text around sources. In addition to showing students how to research statutory and common law problems, the book teaches how to research constitutional issues, issues governed by court rules and municipal codes, and factual issues.
  • provides a complete introduction to the essentials of legal research from authors who use their extensive experience teaching first-year students to focus on the topics and skills students really need
  • presents extensive, step-by-step illustrations of how to perform legal research
  • practice pointers throughout the book supply helpful tips on how practicing attorneys handle their research problems
  • exercises to help students gain experience on a CD-ROM included with the book

    JUST RESEARCH incorporates current educational research on transfer of learning to help students apply what they learn in one situation to another:

  • first, the authors identify and describe the underlying structures for conducting legal research
  • next, they show students how they can use that underlying structure to research problems that appear to be different on the surface
  • finally, the authors make connections for students and offer specific instructions about how to use what they learn in practice
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780735576711
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
    Publication date: 01/01/2009
    Pages: 335
    Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

    Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction to Legal Research

    Chapter 1. Fortresses, Tumors, and Legal Research Chapter 2. Sources, Citations to Sources, and Mandatory and Persuasive Authority Chapter 3. The United States Legal System

    Part II. Researching Issues Governed by Statutes and Regulations

    Chapter 4. Researching Issues Governed by Federal Statutes and Regulations Chapter 5. Researching Issues Governed by State 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 Common Law Issues Chapter 9. Researching Constitutional Issues

    Part IV. Rules Chapter 10. Researching Issues Governed by Federal, State, and Local Rules

    Part V. Cite Checking

    Chapter 11. Citators Part VI. Practice Information Chapter 12. Locating Forms Chapter 13. Locating Information about Judges, Attorneys, People, and Things

    Glossary Describing Sources for Legal Research

    Table Listing Reliable Websites

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