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Course Code: LSTD205 Course ID: 2570 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will assess the methods used to locate necessary legal materials and be able to evaluate the appropriate citations of those materials. The paralegal aspects are reviewed and distinguished from other judicial case briefings. The course will introduce legal analysis methods and the preparation of appropriate techniques for researching legal issues and cases. Critical definitions of legal terminology are analyzed and used in preparation of legal materials such as memoranda, client letters, and other relevant documents. The course presents the student with techniques for effective writing in the legal environment.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
04/26/2021 - 10/01/2021 10/04/2021 - 11/28/2021 October Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/2021 - 10/29/2021 11/01/2021 - 12/26/2021 November Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/2021 - 12/03/2021 12/06/2021 - 01/30/2022 December Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/2021 - 12/31/2021 01/03/2022 - 02/27/2022 January Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/2021 - 02/04/2022 02/07/2022 - 04/03/2022 February Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/2021 - 03/04/2022 03/07/2022 - 05/01/2022 March Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

  1. Define various legal research terms
  2. Distinguish between primary and secondary legal authority
  3. Distinguish between binding and persuasive authority
  4. Locate and correctly apply primary and secondary legal authority to given facts
  5. Author legal citations in Bluebook formats
  6. Locate legal authority with electronic research
  7. Validate case law
  8. Research and draft a legal memorandum
  9. Read a case and identify its component parts

PHONE CALLS/E-MAIL:

Contact between students and instructor can occur by phone or email. However, the school strongly encourages correspondence between instructors and students to take place via email. Students are expected to maintain routine contact with instructor throughout the course. The number of these contacts may vary according to the specific course and individual student need. FOR ALL EMAIL, PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME AND COURSE NUMBER IN THE SUBJECT HEADING. If you have not received a response from me within 72 hours, it is YOUR responsibility to follow up, as the email may not have been received.

ASSIGNMENTS:

There will be eight forum assignments. Students will be expected to post an initial weekly forum and then file three responses to the postings of other students. Moreover, students are expected to respond to any follow up questions posed by the instructor. Further information regarding the forum questions will be provided in the class.

Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday this week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.

In addition to the eight forum assignments, students will be expected to complete two case briefs and two legal memos of law during Weeks 5, 6, 7, and 8. Instructions on how to complete these assignments will be posted in the classroom. The breakdown of the point allocation is described later in this syllabus. In total, the forum, case brief, and memo assignments count for 80% of a student’s grade.

MIDTERM EXAMINATION:

The midterm exam will be taken open book. This exam will be posted in the electronic classroom under “exams.” This exam is composed of a number of short answers. There is no final exam in this class. The midterm exam counts for 20% of a student’s grade.

CITATION AND REFERENCE STYLE

All assignments must follow Blue Book citation guidelines set forth in The BlueBook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 20th ed. 2015).

NameGrade %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Forum Questions 39.00 %
Forum Week 1 4.88 %
Forum Week 2 4.88 %
Forum Week 3 4.88 %
Forum Week 4 4.88 %
Forum Week 5 4.88 %
Forum Week 6 4.88 %
Forum Week 7 4.88 %
Forum Week 8 4.88 %
Mid-Term Exam 20.00 %
2019 Midterm Revised 20.00 %
Case Brief Assignments 10.00 %
Case Brief #2 8.00 %
Practice Case Brief 2.00 %
Memo Assignments 30.00 %
Internal Memo #1 15.00 %
Internal Memo #2 15.00 %

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

  1. Define various legal research terms
  2. Distinguish between primary and secondary legal authority
  3. Distinguish between binding and persuasive authority
  4. Locate and correctly apply primary and secondary legal authority to given facts
  5. Author legal citations in Bluebook formats
  6. Locate legal authority with electronic research
  7. Validate case law
  8. Research and draft a legal memorandum
  9. Read a case and identify its component parts
Book Title:Thinking Like a Lawyer: An Introduction to Legal Reasoning, 2nd ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780813344645
Publication Info:Routledge Lib
Author:Vandevelde
Unit Cost:$37.99
 
Book Title:The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well, 3rd ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780520288430
Publication Info:University of California Press Lib
Author:Goldstein
Unit Cost:$21.98
 
Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 21st Ed - Style guide information available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780578666150
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$56.25
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.