LIS5417 - Introduction to Legal Research

Welcome to the course!

The first front page - in Canvas - is the primary source of material for this course; everything you need for the course will be available here. Many links go through (including a mirror of this page for backup and emergency purposes); feel free to browse that as well. Links to all tools and readings will be available from the front page.

The official method for contacting me is in person during class, or via email, at . Please never use Canvas Conversations with me (the messaging tool in Canvas).

The textbook for the course is Legal Research, How to Find and Understand the Law, by Nolo/ Steven Elias. So far, editions 15-19 appear to be substantially similar enough to be interchangeable.

This is a fully online class, administered in Blackboard Collaborate: Here is the link:

This class does have a group work component, primarily involving discussion. I have found Discord to be an excellent tool for this, and I do have a (so-called) FSU server for this purpose. You may join here, please follow the instructions once you get in. Discord also makes for a convenient backup solution to Collaborate, which sometimes fails. If you'd like to join, go here and follow the instructions about letting me know which class you're in. (Continually Updated)

Note: Discord is NOT mandatory; but you will have to confer with your team to determine the best way to get together to answer questions. More on this during the first day of class; we will not be doing team work that first day. There are readings for the first week below, but you will not be expected to e.g. answer any questions about them on the first day.

See you on Monday,Jan 10!

Team Assignments: Private. In CANVAS, click "Pages" in the menu on the left, and you will see a page, Team Assignments.

Readings and Assignments
+Prior reading schedule


Week 11

Read chapter 4 - Secondary resources.

Week 9 - Quiz review and Intro to Statutes

Read chapter 5

Week 8 - Quiz

Week 7

Read Chapter 8, Validating your Research
Additional Resources (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Week 6

Read Finding Case Law, Chapter 6 in most editions.

Week 5

Read "Using Case Law," Chapter 7 in most editions.

Week 4

Review Chapter 3
(don't ask where you got it)

Week 2/3

./LIS5417-Categories of Law Slides.pdf
Review last week's readings, and
Chapter 3 - Understanding the Basics of the Law.

Also, let's try to "finalize" team plans; a thing we can do asynchronously.

Week 1

Please begin reading
Transcendental Nonsense
The Law of the Horse

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