College of Law

Legal Bibliography

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Law 5030 - Fall 2012

Professor: Terrance K. Manion    Class Times: F, 10:30 am - 11:20 am   
Syllabus: Syllabus |     Location: Room 201   
Course Management Site: TWEN     Connect: Class Roll    

Course Description

Legal Bibliography. Instruction in effective legal research skills through lecture and research exercises including the use of library materials, computerized legal research systems, LEXIS and WESTLAW.

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Syllabus

Updated: May 20, 2014, 3:07 pm

Class Schedule: Fridays 10:30 to 11:20 AM

Required Text: Susan T. Phillips & Nancy P. Johnson, Legal
Research Exercises Following the Bluebook: A Uniform System of
Citation (11th ed. 2011). --It's the light green one.

Grading Policy: Student must satisfactorily complete all legal
bibliography assignments, training, and tours to receive a passing
grade in this class. The final exam makes up 100% of a student's
final grade.

Assignment Policy: Research Exercises can be completed
individually or in groups of no more than two mutually consenting
students. Each group must hand in one assignment with both names
on it and both parties to the group will receive the same grade.
All assignments are due at the beginning of the class.

Attendance Policy: Class attendance is mandatory. More than one
absence makes you ineligible to sit for the final. You must
sign-in to get credit for attending each week. It is your
responsibility to make sure that you sign in. Signing in is the
only proof that you attended class. Please contact me during the
first few weeks of the semester to let me know if you will not
attend a particular class in order to observe a religious holiday.

Open Door Policy: My office is located across form the computer
lab in 112A. I encourage students to stop by my office to ask
questions about topics covered in class or in the assignments. In
my absence, feel free to consult with other librarians at the Law
Library. You have also been assigned a personal librarian. I
encourage you to reach out to him or her in my absence.

Honor Code: Your conduct in this class shall be governed according
to the GSU College of Law Honor Code and the University Code of
Conduct. Any alleged violation of these Codes will be reported to
the appropriate authorities.

Classes:

8/17: Introduction and Cases

  • Register both LexisNexis and Westlaw research accounts
  • Enroll in my Legal Bibliography course on TWEN
  • Read case materials
  • Complete CALI exercise Anatomy of a Case

8/24: Case Finding- Digests & ALR

  • Read digests
  • Complete CALI exercise How to Find Case Law Using the Digests
  • Assignment Due: Legal Research Assignment 2 (Phillips & Johnson); 
  • Legal Research Assignment 3 (Phillips & Johnson)

8/31: Statutes

  • Read statute material.
  • Complete CALI exercise Forms of Federal Statutory Publication
  • Assignment Due: Legal Research Assignment 4 (Phillips & Johnson)

9/7: Secondary Sources

  • Read secondary sources material
  • Assignment Due: Legal Research Assignment 9 (Phillips & Johnson)

9/14: Online Research

  • Read Chapter from Barman by Alex Wellen.
  • Assignment Due: Legal Research Assignment 14 (Phillips & Johnson)

9/21: Citators

  • Read citator materials.
  • Complete CALI exercise Updating/Validating Case Law Using Citators
  • Assignment Due: Terms and Connectors Assignment available on TWEN

9/28: Administrative Publications

  • Assignment Due: Legal Research Assignment 5C, 5D (Phillips & Johnson) and BCite Exercise (TWEN)
  • Read administrative publications

10/5: Practice Materials

  • Read Practice Materials
  • Assignment Due: Legal Research Assignment 12 (Phillips & Johnson)

10/12: Onlne Research

  • Assignment Due: Small Firm Library Memo
  • Complete CALI exercise Mastering Looseleaf Services

10/19: Georgia Materials Review

  • Complete CALI exercise Georgia Legal Research -- Primary Source Material.
  • Complete CALI exercise Georgia Legal Research -- Secondary Source Material

10/26: Review

  • No reading. Come with questions prepared
  • Assignment Due: Georgia Assignment.

11/2: EXAM

  • Students will need to have a fall 2009 exam ID in order to take 
  • the exam. Exam IDs are available online from the Registrar and online at the Exam Number Viewer.

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