Learn to conduct legal research without wasting time or duplicating effort! This one-of-a-kind text covers every phase of the legal research process and includes examples, illustrations, and assignments based on real-life cases. Practical information in every chapter shows you how to identify key facts and issues in a case, how to conduct statutory and case law research and analysis, as well as how to brief cases, research secondary authority, conduct electronic legal research and counteranalysis, and cite authority. Designed to help you develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of legal research, the book guides you through each step in the research process, including how to determine what to research, how to identify key facts and terms, what to look for when researching, what to do with the research once it is found, and how to organize research. You'll also find extensive coverage of primary and secondary research sources, including Internet and computer research, citation format, and case law analysis.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Legal Principles and Authorities and the Research Process. 2. The Role of Key Terms and Key Facts in Legal Research. 3. Issue Identification--Spotting the Issue. 4. Constitutions, Statutes, Administrative Law, and Court Rules--Research and Analysis. 5. Case Law--Research and Briefing. 6. Case Law Analysis--Is a Case on Point? 7. Secondary Authority and Other Research Sources--Encyclopedias, Treatises, American Law Reports, Digests. 8. Secondary Authority--Periodicals, Restatements, Uniform Laws, Dictionaries, Legislative History, and Other Secondary Authorities. 9. Research with Citators. 10. Electronic Legal Research. 11. Counteranalysis. 12. The Research Process for Effective Legal Research. APPENDIX A: Legal Research Memorandum. APPENDIX B: Research Source Chart. APPENDIX C: Court Opinions Referred to in the Text. Glossary. Index.