PCC/ CCOG / PL

Course Content and Outcome Guide for PL 202

Course Number:
PL 202
Course Title:
Computer Research in Law
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Covers how and when to use computers for legal research and operational content differences between Westlaw and Lexis. Includes retrieving specific documents, checking citations, and practice research. Prerequisite: PL 201. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Develop legal research strategies and apply basic electronic legal research skills to solve legal problems
Locate legal resources with research finding tools
Distinguish unique characteristics of seemingly similar legal resources to solve legal problems
Evaluate reliability of internet web sites and conduct basic legal research within financial costs and constraints
Use terminology and citation formats with basic legal research resources

Related Instruction

Computation
Hours: 40

Course Outcome: Copy from the CCOG the outcome(s) which is associated with computation.
Apply basic electronic legal research
Locate legal resources with research finding tools
Distinguish unique characteristics of seemingly similar legal resources
Evaluate reliability of internet web sites
Conduct basic legal research within financial costs and constraints
Use terminology and citation formats with basic legal research resources
Develop research strategies

Exercises and application of Boolean logic to formulate complex electronic legal research applicable
to legal concepts, using appropriate terms and phrases

Communication
Hours: 15

Apply basic electronic legal research
Locate legal resources with research finding tools
Distinguish unique characteristics of seemingly similar legal resources
Evaluate reliability of internet web sites
Conduct basic legal research within financial costs and constraints
Use terminology and citation formats with basic legal research resources
Develop research strategies

Submit written documentation and evidence of results of legal research and demonstrate skills
associated with the course

Human Relations
Hours: 5

Apply basic electronic legal research
Locate legal resources with research finding tools
Distinguish unique characteristics of seemingly similar legal resources
Evaluate reliability of internet web sites
Conduct basic legal research within financial costs and constraints
Use terminology and citation formats with basic legal research resources
Develop research strategies


Teamwork and ethics exercises