This course will focus on the essential skills of legal research, writing, and analysis. Students will learn to use the traditional book-based methods of legal research as well as electronic research systems such as Westlaw and/or LexisNexis. (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the main sources and types of law.
- Perform basic legal analysis of a client’s case (IRAC)
- Locate and analyze statutory law
- Locate and brief case law (court opinions)
- Understand the role of secondary authority and use digests and Shepard’s
- Conduct basic electronic legal research using Westlaw
- Properly cite legal sources
- Identify and analyzing key facts in court opinions and clients’ cases
- Identify (spot) issues in a client’s case
- Effectively state the issue of a case
- Determine if a case is on point
- Understand basic counter-analysis techniques
- Adopt an effective Legal Writing Process
- Draft legal office memorandum
- Understand the elements and organization of court briefs.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Putman, William H. (2018). Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing. 4th ed. Cengage Learning. ISBN-10: 1-337-41415-8 or ISBN-13: 9781337414159 [Looseleaf version]
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignments|
Topic: Introduction to Legal Principles & Authorities
Topic: Introduction to Legal Research & Analysis
Topic: Statutory Research & Analysis
Topic: Case Law Research & Briefing
5, 6, 7
Topic: Secondary Authority –Digests & Shepard’s
Topic: Computers & Legal Research
Topic: Legal Citation
Topic: Legal Analysis-Key Facts
Topic: Legal Analysis – Issue Identification
Topic: Legal Analysis – Stating the Issue
Topic: Case Law Analysis – Is a Case on Point?
Topic: The Writing Process for Effective Legal Writing
Topic: Office Legal Memorandum
Topic: External Memorandum: Court briefs
Topics: Group Project and Final Exam
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.