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Law Library Workshops

 

Breadth

Specialized Topics

Legal & Interdisciplinary Research

International & Foreign Legal Research

Application

Application of Skills to a Writing Project

Legal Research Workshop

Law Review Note Development

Foundation

Survey of United States Law

U.S. Legal Research

Introduction

1st Year

Legal Skills in Social Context


U.S. Legal Research 

LAW 7454

Winter 2020/21 Professor: Elliott Hibbler

Fall 2021 Professor: Scott Akehurst-Moore

Advanced Legal & Interdisciplinary Research

LAW 7624

Spring 2021 Professor: Craig Eastland

Summer 2021Professor: Elliott Hibbler

       

The course is designed to prepare law students for research in practice, clerkships, and legal scholarship. Students will evaluate legal research sources and use them effectively, expand skills in primary and secondary U.S. legal sources, become aware of non-legal information resources that could be useful to legal practice, and get an overview of public international law and foreign legal research. Since learning legal research requires a hands-on approach, students are required to complete assignments and in-class exercises. This course will emphasize cost-effective research, including print and internet sources. The topics covered in this survey course will vary from year to year and may include immigration law, tax law, business law, environmental law and cultural property law among others.

This course teaches students how to research specialized interdisciplinary legal topics, highlighting both legal and non-legal sources that reflect modern practice. The course will use a combination of lectures, interactive hands-on sessions, real life examples, and an in-depth final research and writing project. Students will explore the interaction of relevant non-legal sources with state, federal and international primary laws and regulations. Due to the availability of sources in practice, both print and electronic skills will be taught. The course will highlight different specialized topics such as health law, environmental law, etc. 

Legal Research Workshop (Section 1)

LAW 7678

Summer 2020 Professor: Elliott Hibbler

Fall 2020 Professor: Craig Eastland

Legal Research Workshop (Section 2 NULR)

LAW 7678

Summer 2020 Professor: Sharon Persons

Fall 2020 Professor: Sharon Persons

This course assists students in developing and executing research plans for writing projects. Students must identify an appropriate project early in the course; the project may be one that the student creates specifically for the course, or it could be one undertaken for a law review note, or a seminar or independent study in which the student is concurrently enrolled. The workshop will include readings, lectures, demonstrations, and in-class and homework exercises, as well as peer and instructor feedback focused on research strategies. Students will periodically present their research strategies and results for their writing projects. This course is graded with honorifics.

For Law Review Note Writers. This course assists students in developing and executing research plans for writing projects. Students must identify an appropriate project early in the course; the project may be one that the student creates specifically for the course, or it could be one undertaken for a law review note, or a seminar or independent study in which the student is concurrently enrolled. The workshop will include readings, lectures, demonstrations, and in-class and homework exercises, as well as peer and instructor feedback focused on research strategies. Students will periodically present their research strategies and results for their writing projects. This course is graded with honorifics.

Law Review - Note Development

LAW 7933

Winter 2020/21 Professor: Sharon Persons

Spring 2021 Professor: Sharon Persons

International & Foreign Legal Research

LAW 7569/LAW7569 

Summer 2020 Professor: Scott Akehurst-Moore

Spring 2022: Craig Eastland

The Northeastern University Law Review publishes legal scholarship in its flagship print journal and online platforms. In addition to performing standard staff duties, a staff member may elect to register to develop a student note. Notes shall meet the standards of the upper-level rigorous writing requirement and be of publishable quality, analyzing an original legal issue. Note writers work under supervision of the managing editor and faculty advisor to write and revise an idea developed in LAW 7678 or another setting. Top student Notes may be selected for publication. This course is graded on a Credit/No Credit basis.

This course is designed to teach students how to research international and foreign legal materials. The course uses a combination of lectures, hands-on research exercises, and homework assignments. Students will have opportunities: to increase the quality of research by attaining substantive knowledge on international legal topics and the legal system in which their issue arises; to attain practical skills to brainstorm search terms, formulate issues, and evaluate legal research resources by reiterative process; and to increase flexibility and confidence in researching international and foreign law topics. Topics include: U.S. and Non-U.S. treaties, international custom, jurisprudence, and documents of the United Nations, the European Union, and NGOs. The class also explores research in topical areas such as human rights, immigration and refugee laws, and foreign laws.