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606 - Advanced Legal Research (2 hours)
The ABA model Rules of Professional Responsibility in the section on Client-Lawyer Relationship, Rule 1.1 Competence, states "A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation." One of the primary ways to gain the legal knowledge necessary to competently represent your client is through skilled legal research applied to the best of your ability to the legal problem at hand. Advanced Legal Research provides students with the opportunity to expand their skills in using primary and secondary legal sources in the context of legal practice so they can competently represent their clients. The course covers a range of topics, including statutory and case law research, practice materials, specialized topical resources and cost-effective research strategies. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained experience formulating efficient research methodologies and evaluating sources of legal information in various formats.