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Orientation Letters - Law - Spring 2016 



Spring 2016
Subject:  LAW 

Section:  0375

Name of Class:  Legal Research

Instructor:  Jaime de la Garza, JD

Email:   http://lamission.edu/~delagaje

Class website: https://myetudes.org/portal
Semester: Spring 2016
Class Starting Date: 2/8/16
Class Ending Date: 6/5/16
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Class Description:

Study of legal research including key search terms, precedents, citation format, finding cases, constitutions, statutes, regulations, ordinances, conducting, expanding and updating both federal and California legal research and reporting research results in various formats.

Textbook: http://lamission.edu/law/textbooks


Syllabus - Spring 2016 (under construction)

Student Learning Outcomes: 


1. Brief law cases in  including subject areas of the law from all of the other law classes in our paralegal program 

2. Critically analyze and argue issues in case law, and learn the methods of finding and researching law cases.   see http://profj.us/leganotes

This includes the following:
1. Primary and Secondary Sources of the Law

2. Overview of legal research
3. Steps to take in Case Law Research
4. Intro to Basic Legal Citation
5. Statsky Carthwheel and developing "legal language"
6. Getting background information
7. Refining the statement of the "Legal Issue"
8. How to develop a legal argument
9. Finding constitutions, statutes, regulations, and ordinances
10. Improve your legal writing
11. Finding cases
12. Expand and update your legal research
13. How to write a legal memo - sample
14. Final Legal Writing and Research Paper 

3. Prepare a final legal research and writing paper. See format of the paper at http://profjordan.pbworks.com/format . The final research paper will be in the form of a position or  argumentative paper. It will train the student in legal analysis, finding of law cases, and improving legal argumentation.  The paper will be graded by using the following grading rubric -

Students will read various law cases and write a case brief demonstrating their understanding and application of the essential facts and rules of law and legal principles of the case. see case brief rubric athttp://missionparalegal.pbworks.com/briefing



Initial Instructions for beginning of class: (cannot login until class starts)

Step 1: New student orientation video - http://usdegreeonline.wlac.edu/pages/129.asp
Step 2: Login at https://myetudes.org/portal
Step 3: login name is your student id # (example 881234567 (no spaces/dashes)

Step 4: Password is Month and Day of birthday: EX. : Jan. 14 then is "0114" - once you login, you will create a more secure password
Step 5: any problems - follow steps to reset password/update your account/submit help request - http://lamission.edu/online

Useful links: http://lamission.org - http://lamission.edu/law -http://lamission.edu/law/pathways 


Student Services: http://lamission.edu/de/student-services


Management of Stress and Mental Health


DSPS - http://lamission.edu/dsps




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