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PL203 Basic Legal Research

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Explores jurisdictional concepts essential to legal research. Introduces print and electronic legal research methods and processes. Covers citation of legal authority. Prerequisite: PL 101. (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide.)

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44109CA Remote
from 7 to 9:20pm

From September 30 through December 17, 2021
Textbooks for CRN 44109
Instructor: Tami M Gierloff
Tuition: credit Fees: $0

Course details: CRN 44109

Course materials


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There is no additional technology required for this class.

Instructor comments:

Class meets remotely on Zoom each Thursday at 7pm. In addition to the books available in the bookstore, there is a separate online resource that must be purchased separately for a $29 subscription fee.

Required Texts for PL 203 Basic Legal Research are available in the bookstore and include:

  • Sloan, Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies, 7th Ed. (Wolters Kluwer 2018).
  • The Bluebook, a Uniform System of Citation, 21st ed. or Online Bluebook access at www.legalbluebook.com.
  • Barris, Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook, 4th Ed.(Carolina Academic Press, 2020).

Additional online learning tool ($29 subscription fee):

  • Mastering the Bluebook Interactive Exercises (MBIE):  Legal citation is a critical skill required of all legal professionals and is an important part of this course. To ensure that you are armed with the citation skills you need, we will be using the Bluebook (21st ed.) and the text Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook (4th Ed.). Additionally, we will be using the online learning tool Mastering the Bluebook Interactive Exercises (MBIE), to learn and practice citation form. To begin using MBIE, you will complete a two-step process once class begins. Details will be available in D2L.

Let me know if you have any questions about the books or online resources we will be using.

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