Process of Legal Research Authorities and Options

ISBN-10: 1454805528
ISBN-13: 9781454805526
Edition: 8th 2012 (Revised)
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List price: $95.00
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Publication date: 6/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 8.75" wide x 6.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

A time-tested, proven introduction, The Process of Legal Researchacquaints students with all of the sources and relevant vocabulary and showshow each source works, how to combine sources into a cohesive researchprocess, and how to resolve legal problems through effective techniques.Extensive illustrations and examples quickly engage students in actualresearch problems, as the text carefully demonstrates how research and writingare interrelated processes. The authors focus on teaching the best researchpractices, illustrating how to choose the appropriate source and media foreach type of problem. Electronic research is completely integrated into thetext. Students are given solid guidance for every type of situation, learningwhen and how to choose between paper and electronic research, and how thechoice among different media can result in different access means, scope, andcurrency of materials. The Process of Legal Research offers extensive,well-researched problems sets, ideal for large programs that need plenty ofexercise options for their students. Pages with problems sets are perforatedfor easy use.The Eighth Edition finds a sharper focus on the basics, asking andanswering the questions, “What are the various forms of legal authority?” and“How does each contribute to resolving a client’s legal problem?”A greateremphasis on how to choose the optimal research options for various authoritiesincludes a mix of print and online as well as public and commercial resources.Each chapter includes a table of optimal research options. The EighthEdition skillfully interweaves smaller employment law problems faced by afirm throughout the text, rather than the single mega-problem of previouseditions, and new flow-chart style charts illuminate much of the denser text.Citations are covered in citation boxes, reflecting both the Bluebook andALWD. In a leaner writing style designed appeal to modern students, theEighth Edition confronts some of the most current hot topics, such as howpeople think about research today and what firms find wanting in new lawyers’research abilities.Features:• Provides a complete introduction to the process of legal researcho the sources and vocabulary of legal researcho how each source workso how to combine sources into a research processo how to resolve legal problems through effective research techniques• Extensive illustrations and examples of actual research problems• Teaches the best research practiceso how to choose the appropriate source and media for various types of problems• Integrates electronic researchodiscusses when and how to choose between paper and electronic researcho shows how the choice among media results in different access means, scope,and currency of materials• Includes extensive, well-researched problems setso ideal for large programs that need plenty of exercise options studentso pages with problems sets are perforated for easy use.• Demonstrates interrelated processes of research and writingThoroughly updated, the revised Eighth Edition presents:• A sharper focus on the basicso What are the various forms of legal authority?o How does each co

Exhibits
Charts and Examples
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Literacy in the Law
The FEAT of Legal Research
American Legal Sources
Legal Research Resources
Work-Flow in Legal Research
Planning
Searching
Monitoring
Stopping
An Illustration
A Counterpoint: Google Research
Test Your Understanding
Reflection Questions
Your Scenario
Focusing on your Client's Situation
Study Your Client's Situation
Gather Information
Synthesize Information
Summarize Information
Develop Your Research Vocabulary
Generate Research Terms
Draft Research Issues
An Illustration
Test Your Understanding
Reflection Questions
Your Scenario
Framing Your Legal Research
Overview of Commentary Sources
Encyclopedias and Treatises
Skill Set 1. Using Print Finding Tools
Skill Set 2. Updating Print Resources
Periodicals: Law Reviews and A.L.R Annotations
Skill Set 3. Using External Finding Tools
Skill Set 4. Key-Word Searching in a Full-Text, Online Database
Restatements of the Law and Jury Instructions
Practice Guides
Summary of Commentary Research
Plan Your Research in Legal Authorities
Test Your Understanding
Reflection Questions
Your Scenario
Case Law Research
Litigated Disputes, Judicial Decisions, and Guidance for Your Client
Litigated Disputes and Judicial Decisions
Guidance for Your Client
The Common Law System
Whose Law Governs?
Which Decisions Matter Most?
Overview of Case Law Research Options
The Classic Approach: the West Reporter System in Print
Understanding the West System
Using the West System
The Major Commercial Online Services: Westlaw and LexisNexis
Westlaw
LexisNexis
The Alternative Commercial Online Services
Court Resources
Summary
Test Your Understanding
Reflection Questions
Your Scenario
Research in Enacted Law
The Statutory System
Legislative Process
Statutory Texts and Guidance for Your Client
Statutory Interpretation
Overview of Statutory Research Options
Unannotated Official Codes
Annotated Codes in Print
Commercial Online Research in Statutes
Newly Enacted Laws and Session Laws
Summary of Statutory Research
Constitutions
Charters and Ordinances
Test Your Understanding
Reflection Questions
Your Scenario
Research in Legislative History Materials
Overview of Legislative History Materials
The legislative Process
Legislative history Materials
Overview of Options for Researching Legislative History
Statutory Codes
United States Code Congressional and Administrative News (U.S.C.C.A.N.)
Compiled Legislative Histories
THOMAS, a Government Website
Commercial Online Services
ProQuest Congressional
LexisNexis and Westlaw
Hein Online
Summary of Legislative History Research
Options for Researching Pending Legislation
Test Your Understanding
Reflection Questions
Your Scenario
Research in Administrative Materials
Rules and Regulations
Connections to Statutes
The Rulemaking Process
Researching the Regulation Itself
Updating the Regulation
Researching the Regulation's History and Statutory basis
Summary
Decisions and Orders
Parallels to Case Law
Case Adjudication Procedures
Researching Agency Decisions
Summary
Non-legislative Rules and Other Guidance Materials
Loose-leaf Services
Test Your Understanding
Reflection Questions
Your Scenario
Researchin Rules of Procedure
Procedural Law
Overview of Procedural Research Options
Deskbooks
Court Websites
Commentary
Annotated Rules
Case Law
Summary of Research in Rules of Procedure
Rules of Professional Responsibility
Understanding Professional Responsibility Rules
Researching Rules of Professional Responsibility
Test Your Understanding
Reflection Questions
Your Scenario
International Law and Tribal Law
Legal Research in Public International Law
Foreign Law
Public International Law
Treaties and Conventions
Customary International Law
Decisions by Courts and Arbitration Panels
UN Materials
Commentary and General Principles
Private International Law
Legal Research in Tribal Law
Federal Indian Law
Tribal Law
Index

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