Welcome to Columbia!
I am your legal research instructor, and this fall, we will meet four times in Room 104 to cover the basics of legal research.
In anticipation of our first meeting,
- You may decide to read an introduction to U.S. law and legal research – so, go here, and access its contents free-of-charge!
- Or you may want to read my new book, Introduction to U.S. Law, Policy and Research – An Environmental Perspective (co-author Peter Bower, Vandeplas Publishing, 2019).
- on a rental basis, as well as
- for purchase (see the links behind the title)!
- Finally, for a refresher of civics 101, go here app.knolyx.com and use the following credentials:
During our class sessions I will use ppt/prezi presentations and incorporate a lot of in-class exercises. Below find my in-class presentations. For those who would like to go the extra mile, I am also proposing some non-mandatory preliminary and take-home assignments. as well.
Optional Preliminary Readings for the First Research Class:
1. First Class – Secondary Sources – September 27, 2019, Room JGH 106
2. Second Class – mapping out your open-memo research: The Open Memo and Secondary Sources (six seminar meetings)
Optional Preliminary Readings for the Third Research Class:
- Neacsu: Principles of Legal Research (In Bower & Neacsu)
- Neacsu: Primary Sources (In Neacsu & Bower)
- In addition, for a refresher of civics 101, go here app.knolyx.com and use the following credentials:
3. Third Class – Statutory Research. October 4, 2019, Room JGH 106
- In-class presentation: (https://prezi.com/9hw3-t8pqgn8/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share)
Optional Preliminary Reading for the Fourth Research Class – on AI
4. Fourth Class – The Open Memo and Statutory Research (six seminar meetings)
Optional Preliminary Reading for the Fifth Research Class:
|The Rise of the Supreme Court Reporter: An Institutional Perspective on Marshall Court
|Appendix A||Mandeville v. Jose|
|Neacsu (in Bower & Neacsu)|
6. Sixth Class – The Open Memo and Case Law Research (six seminar meetings)
7. Seventh Class – October 18, 2019, JGH 106 – Let’s revisit our research achievements! (Last research class)
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Please comment on this Blog, or email me — via Canvas, or directly at end13@columbia. edu — or stop by my office, Room 418 in the Library.