Legal Research Courses

The Research Center currently offers five for-credit courses to students:

Administrative Law Research

This online, asynchronous course is designed to help students develop the sophisticated research skills necessary for the effective practice of administrative law. Students will be introduced to basic concepts, sources and specialized tools used in administrative law research. Students will (1) learn to construct successful research strategies for researching federal, Florida and other state administrative law, (2) learn to efficiently access the governing law for agencies, regulations, administrative decisions, other agency documents, and judicial decisions concerning regulatory matters and (3) analyze problems that present issues in administrative law and describe good research strategies in practice areas such as securities, environmental, tax, and labor law.

Advanced Legal Research (2 credits)

The course will help students develop the sophisticated research skills necessary for the effective practice of law. Topics covered through lectures and assignments include federal and state legislative and administrative history, increasing research efficiency through the use of secondary sources, research in specialized fields such as environmental law, and the use of a variety of legal and non-legal online resources.
Offered: Fall semester
Professor: Elizabeth Farrell

Business Law Legal Research (2 credits)

This course will help students develop the sophisticated research skills necessary for the effective practice of business law, including the ability to efficiently research issues concerning business formation and regulation. Students will explore business topics using secondary and primary sources, including databases, treatises, practice materials, and materials produced by law firms. Grading will be based upon class participation and research assignments.

Professors: Amy Lipford and Barbara Kaplan

Environmental Law Research (2 credits)

With an emphasis on developing the ability to research issues concerning environmental statutes, administrative rules, international treaties, and scientific evidence, this course will help students develop the sophisticated research skills necessary for the effective practice of environmental law.
Offered: Fall semester
Professors: Mary McCormick

International and Foreign Legal Research (2 credits)

This course will introduce you to basic concepts, sources and specialized tools used in foreign and international legal research. You will learn how to efficiently locate needed information for particular legal systems including cases, statutes and codes. You will also learn how to access the primary sources of public and private international law. The topics covered include secondary sources, treaties, custom and general principles, international jurisprudence, human rights law, international trade law, European Union law, civil law, and other foreign legal systems.
Professors: Margaret Clark