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PLX 1003X Leg Res Wrtg-Legal Memo

Course Description

Develops legal research skills through focused exercises using print and computerized research. Exposes students to primary and secondary legal authorities, with an emphasis on legislative history, administrative materials and loose-leaf services. Develops writing skills by examining different parts of the legal memorandum, including questions presented, brief answers, statements of fact, and conclusions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe what comprises the law in our society, including statutes, court opinions, and state and federal regulations, with emphasis on legislative history, administrative materials, and loose-leaf services.
  • Demonstrate manual legal research skills by completing focused exercises in the use of case reporters, annotated codes, Shepard's, A.L.R., practice guides, periodicals, and treatises.
  • Employ computer legal research skills by completing focused exercises in the use of case reporters, annotated codes, Shepard's, A.L.R., practice guides, periodicals, and treatises.
  • Brief court opinions.
  • Identify and discuss legally significant facts.
  • Draft a statement of facts.
  • Describe how to organize and draft a legal memorandum.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.