ISBN-10:
1454863331
ISBN-13:
9781454863335
Pub. Date:
03/03/2016
Publisher:
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Process of Legal Research / Edition 9

Process of Legal Research / Edition 9

by Schmedemann

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ISBN-13: 9781454863335
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date: 03/03/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 278,823
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Boxes xv

Preface xix

Acknowledgments xxi

Unit I The Basics 1

Chapter 1 The Landscapes of Legal Research 3

The Lawyer-Client Relationship 4

The U.S. Government: Primary Authority 5

Secondary Sources and Finding Tools 12

Legal Publishing: Resources 17

Build Your Understanding 20

Chapter 2 The Ten Practices of Skilled Legal Researchers 25

1 Master Your Client's Situation 26

2 Develop Your Research Terms 28

3 Create a Research Plan 31

4 Choose Resources with Care 32

Content 32

Credibility 33

Ease of Use 33

Cost-Effectiveness 33

5 Piggyback on Others' Work 34

6 Work Several Access Angles 35

Writer-Driven Access Methods 35

Researcher-Driven Searching 40

7 Take a Look Back 42

8 Get Up to Date ' 45

9 Manage Your Information File 49

10 Stop When You're Done 52

Build Your Understanding 53

Unit II Secondary Sources 57

Chapter 3 Secondary Sources 59

Treatises 61

The Reading and Mining of a Secondary Source 68

Encyclopedias 69

Legal Periodical Articles 72

Restatements of the Law 77

Jury Instruction Guides 83

American Law Reports Annotations 85

Practice Guides 89

Build Your Understanding 96

Unit III Primary Authority from the U.S. 101

Chapter 4 Case Law 103

The U.S. Case Law System 103

Round 1 State Courts 103

Round 2 Federal Courts 111

Round 3 Selecting Cases 122

The Reading and Mining of a Case 123

Recommended Approaches to Researching Case Law 124

The Backdrop: Case Reporters 124

Overview 126

Court Websites 129

High-End Commercial Resources 129

Economy-Class Commercial Resources 148

Google Scholar 154

Build Tour Understanding 159

Chapter 5 Enacted Law 165

The U.S. Statutory System 166

Round 1 The Legislative Process and Statute Design 166

Round 2 The Legislature and the Courts 170

Round 3 Federal and State Statutes 177

The Reading and Briefing of a Statute 177

Recommended Approaches to Researching Statutes 178

Overview 178

Print Codes 179

Legislative Websites 186

High-End Commercial Resources 191

Economy-Class Commercial Resources 202

Constitutions 204

Charters and Ordinances 205

Legislative Materials 207

Situations for Researching in Legislative Materials 207

The Legislative Process and Documents 207

Researching Legislative History 210

Researching Pending Legislation 231

Build Tour Understanding 233

Chapter 6 Rules of Procedure and Professional Responsibility 239

Rules of Procedure 240

Understanding the Rules and Related Sources 240

Researching Rules of Procedure 244

Rules of Professional Responsibility 258

Understanding the Rules and Related Sources 258

Researching Rules of Professional Responsibility 264

Build Your Understanding 266

Chapter 7 Administrative Agency Materials 271

Regulations 272

Understanding Regulations 272

Researching Regulations 276

Decisions and Orders 289

Understanding Decisions and Orders 289

Researching Decisions and Orders 294

Interpretive Rules and Other Guidance Materials 297

Build Your Understanding 302

Unit IV Beyond U.S. Law 305

Chapter 8 Tribal Law and International Law 307

American Indian Tribal Law 307

Federal Indian Law 308

Tribal Law 309

Public International Law 310

Foreign Law 310

Public International Law 311

Treaties and Conventions 312

Customary International Law 315

Decisions by Courts and Arbitration Panels 317

UN Materials 318

Commentary and General Principles 320

Private International Law 321

Index 323

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