House Bill 2504 Fall 2012 Course Syllabus LGLA-1401-01 - Legal Research and Writing
Fall 2012 Course Syllabus
LGLA-1401-01 - Legal Research and Writing
|Instructor||Quist, Edward Browning|
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|Course Description||The fundamentals of legal research and writing. Topics include standard and electronic legal research, and legal writing techniques including case and fact analysis and citation format.|
|Course Prerequisites||LGLA 1307 and LGLA 1345 (both may be taken concurrently)|
(1) Introduction to Paralegalism, by
William P. Statsky, West Publishing Co. latest ed.
(2) Texas Rules of Form, Texas Law Review, latest ed.
(3) The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Columbia
Law and Harvard Law Review Associates, latest ed.
|Attendance Policy||A student with 13 or more absences may be dropped from the course|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Exams (2-3) 60%
Projects (8-10)/Special Assignments 20%
Final Exam (non cumulative) 15%
|Final Exam Date||December 10, 2012 - 10:00 AM|
|Major Assignments||Same as "Calendar of Lecture...", below|
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
The Basics of Research
1. Where libraries are located and available
2. Necessary research notes
3 Ending research
a. Primary authority
b. Secondary authority
The Basics of Research
5. Stare decisis
7. Ethical behavior of the paralegal
III Factual Analysis
V Applying Cases to Fact Situations
1. U.S. Supreme Court
2. Lower level federal courts
5. State specific
ASSIGN 1 DUE
1. General principles
2. American Digest System
a. Century digest
b. Decennial digest
c. General digest
d. Federal digests
e. Regional digests
f. State digests
g. Specialty digests
3. West’s Texas Digest and exercises
4. Exercises and statutes
ASSIGN 2 DUE
ASSIGN 3 DUE
X Administrative Law
1. Rule making
3. Source of law
3. Operation of
ASSIGN 4 DUE
1. Bluebook – National
ASSIGN'S 5-8 DUE
XIV Legal Periodicals
1. Law reviews
2. Magazines and journals
3. Legal newspapers
XV Legal Periodicals
1. Law reviews
2. Magazines and journals
3. Legal newspapers
XVI Computerized research
1. Fundamentals of Westlaw
2. Practical applications of Westlaw and on-line
3. Lexis fundamentals
4. Practical applications and on-line exercises
5. Locating free legal materials on-line
ASSIGN 9 DUE
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Identify legal terms, structure of a law firm and the paralegal’s role.
2. Apply correct drafting procedures to transactional and court documents.
3. Demonstrate appropriate etiquette, ethics, and professionalism in the legal environment.
4. Conduct proper client and witness interviews.
5. Illustrate the ability to use computer, accounting, and organizational skills
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
At the end of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Research U.S. Supreme Court caselaw
2. Locate Texas statutory law
3. Write proper citations for various jurisdictions
4. Find caselaw for lower federal courts
5. Research administrative law
6. Locate federal statutory law
7. Do legal research on Westlaw
8. Research in legal encyclopedias
9. Update legal materials in citators
10. Perform legal research on Lexis-Nexis
11. Research in legal periodicals
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 210D, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
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