Monthly Archives: August 2017

Certificate in Legal Research Program Starts September 12, 2017

The Legal Research Certificate Program is designed to provide law students of all ability levels with the research tools necessary for success in internships, summer associate positions, or for your first position as a newly-minted attorney.

To find out more, visit the program’s Canvas site:

Fall 2017  Live Class Schedule — All classes meet in Room 640, 200 McAllister St. from 12:00 noon to 12:50.  Lunch served.

09/12  —  Secondary Sources Research
09/19  —  Statutory Research
09/26  —  Case Law
10/03  —  Federal Legislative History
10/10  —  Foreign Law Research
10/17  —  Administrative Law Research
10/24  —  Alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw
10/31  —  Searching with Precision
11/07  —  Print Resources Research

Students have the opportunity to select from a number of classes on different topics of research offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Topics cover a wide range of areas and will provide an excellent grounding as you begin to combine the knowledge gained in school with the actual practice of law. Students are free to attend as few or as many classes as desired; however, to complete the Certificate Program, students must attend and complete the quizzes for a total of 12 classes, including 5 in-person classes and 8 required classes, by the time they graduate.

How Do I Earn it?

To earn the certification, a student must:

  • Register for, and attend/view, a total of twelve (12) classes before graduating;
  • Complete the post-class quiz for the twelve (12) courses attended/viewed;
  • Attend at leave five (5) classes in person;
  • Attend/View and complete the post-class quiz for at least one class in each of eight (8) specified categories: (1) Secondary Source Research, (2) Case Law Research, (3) Statutory Research, (4) Free and Low Cost Research Alternatives, (5) Foreign Law Research OR International Law Research, (6) Federal Administrative Law Research OR California Administrative Law Research, (7) Federal Legislative History Research OR California Legislative History Research, and (8) Precision Searching


How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students

This essay is designed to help new law students prepare for the first few weeks of class. It explains what judicial opinions are, how they are structured, and what law students should look for when reading them.

Kerr, Orin S., How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students. 11 The Green Bag 2d 51 (2007). ; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 414; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 414. Available at SSRN: