PCC/ CCOG / PL

Course Content and Outcome Guide for PL 201

Course Number:
PL 201
Course Title:
Legal Research and Library Use
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Covers function of the law library and develops research skills through the use of digests, encyclopedias, reporter systems and practice manuals. Prerequisites: PL 101. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion the student should be able to:

*Analyze a legal problem to determine which legal resources to use in a search for possible solutions.
* Locate and retrieve information such as might be specifically requested by an attorney on the job.
* Apply knowledge of law and legal resources to develop an analysis and conclusion to an issue presented by a particular fact pattern.
* Cite properly all materials used.

Related Instruction

Computation
Hours: 15

Analyze a legal problem to determine which legal resources to use in a search for possible solutions.
* Locate and retrieve information such as might be specifically requested by an attorney on the job.
* Apply knowledge of law and legal resources to develop an analysis and conclusion to an issue presented by a particular fact pattern.
* Cite properly all materials used.


Instruction and use of the west key number digest and research system
Instruction and use of the case citation system, including case name and numbered reporter citation
Instruction and use of shepardizing a case

Communication
Hours: 20

Analyze a legal problem to determine which legal resources to use in a search for possible solutions.
* Locate and retrieve information such as might be specifically requested by an attorney on the job.
* Apply knowledge of law and legal resources to develop an analysis and conclusion to an issue presented by a particular fact pattern.
* Cite properly all materials used.
Written submissions demonstrating skills developed in the course, including application of legal
research principles, proper citations, etc.

Human Relations
Hours: 5

Analyze a legal problem to determine which legal resources to use in a search for possible solutions.
* Locate and retrieve information such as might be specifically requested by an attorney on the job.
* Apply knowledge of law and legal resources to develop an analysis and conclusion to an issue presented by a particular fact pattern.
* Cite properly all materials used.
Collaboration with classmates on selected assignments