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2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog
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LEGAL 199 - Legal Research and Writing I

5 Credits
First in a two-class series required by the Paralegal department. Focuses primarily on legal research. Reviews the three-branch system of government and directs students to the authoritative resources for each branch. Research tools include the utilization of hardbound volumes as well as the resources of online electronic legal sources. Includes an introduction to the court rules, the statutes, administrative codes and case law of both the federal government and the state government.

Pre-requisite(s) POLS& 200 with min. 2.0

Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Evening, Online
Spring Evening

Designed to Serve Students in Legal Studies program, pre-law students.
Active Date 20220314T08:43:43

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 25
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
Course Outline

  • Three branches of government and their respective laws  
  • Primary authority
  • Secondary authority
  • Constitution, statutes, case law and administrative law
  • Legal analysis
  • Legal interpretation
  • Online - electronic legal sources

Student Learning Outcomes
Accurately describe the three branches of government, U.S. court system, types of law and sources of each.

Efficiently locate applicable primary and secondary legal sources using current on-line legal research technology

Correctly analyze and apply relevant legal authorities to hypothetical case patterns.

Accurately summarize legal research results for other legal professionals

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