This new legal research text reflects the reality of modern practice by offering a fully integrated approach to both print and electronic sources. JUST RESEARCH provides a comprehensive introduction that helps first-year students develop the skills they will use throughout their legal careers.
The text is constructed for maximum effectiveness:
teaches the best source for a project, whether paper or electronic, to more accurately depict how practicing lawyers are conducting research now
emphasizes electronic research in recognition of its increasing use by attorneys; students learn how to use generic search engines (such as Google), fee-based services (such as LexisNexis, LoisLaw, VersusLaw, and Westlaw), and free services (such as FindLaw and government sponsored websites) to find relevant materials efficiently
uses a problem-based organization that focuses on categories of legal issues, rather than organizing the text around sources. In addition to showing students how to research statutory and common law problems, the book teaches how to research constitutional issues, issues governed by court rules and municipal codes, and factual issues.
provides a complete introduction to the essentials of legal research from authors who use their extensive experience teaching first-year students to focus on the topics and skills students really need
presents extensive, step-by-step illustrations of how to perform legal research
practice pointers throughout the book supply helpful tips on how practicing attorneys handle their research problems
exercises to help students gain experience on a CD-ROM included with the book
JUST RESEARCH incorporates current educational research on transfer of learning to help students apply what they learn in one situation to another:
first, the authors identify and describe the underlying structures for conducting legal research
next, they show students how they can use that underlying structure to research problems that appear to be different on the surface
finally, the authors make connections for students and offer specific instructions about how to use what they learn in practice
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