Introduction to Legal Research and Writing

Introduction to Legal Research and Writing
Introduction to tools and techniques essential to law practice and legal scholarship: legal analysis, research using print sources, and objective writing. Student will write three predictive office memoranda based on library research and complete a series of legal research quizzes and a legal research final exam.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesAdmission to law school.
Course Outcomes

Research Skills

Identify legal sources in various formats and understand how each contributes to legal research, devise a research strategy, and conduct effective, efficient, and thorough research

Legal Rules

Identify legal rules and principles from a series of cases, synthesize the individual rules or principles into a complete rule, break the synthesized rule down into its component parts, and explain the relationship between them.


Identify and articulate the reasoning behind a rule and its application as explained within a court opinion.

Fact Pattern

Identify legal issues and relevant facts from a fact pattern.

Write a Proof

Write a complete and coherent proof of a conclusion of law that gives the reader the conclusion, states the rules that govern that conclusion, explains and analyzes those rules and shows how they operate, and applies them to the facts of your case.


Communicate in “plain English” to avoid legalese, unnecessary jargon, and other styles that call attention to the writing itself or in other ways obscure or detract attention from your meaning.


Properly cite to a legal authority.