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Legal Research, 3rd Edition

  • William H. Putman, JD
  • Jennifer R. Albright, JD
  • ISBN-10: 1285439937
  • ISBN-13: 9781285439938
  • 528 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2006
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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Overview

About the Product

One of the few texts to focus entirely on legal research, this fully updated edition of Legal Research provides the "how to" information for identifying key facts and issues in a case, conducting statutory and case law research and analysis, briefing cases, researching secondary authority, determining whether or not a case is on point, conducting electronic legal research and counteranalysis, and citing authority. Designed to help students develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of legal research, the book guides them through each step in the research process, including how to determine what to research, how to identify key facts and terms, what to look for when researching, what to do with the research once it is found, and how to organize research. Each chapter includes examples of every concept and principle discussed, along with a hypothetical fact situation that applies concepts and principles in a real-world setting. The authors demonstrate how to conduct research efficiently without wasting time or duplicating effort and include extensive coverage of primary and secondary research sources, including Internet and computer research, citation format, and case law analysis.

Features

  • RESEARCH: The book takes a step-by-step approach to researching primary and secondary authority using multiple examples.

  • APPLICATION: A hypothetical factual situation at the beginning of each chapter illustrates how the principles presented apply to real-world situations.

  • EXAMPLES: Examples and sample pages from actual research authorities help students understand key concepts.

  • TECHNOLOGY: An online Student Companion Site provides additional assignments, chapter summaries, and outlines.

  • KEY POINTS: Each chapter has a list of key points that may be used as a quick reference and checklist when applying chapter concepts.

  • REVIEW: The Instructor's Manual presents several assignments and exercises in each chapter, which require students to apply the chapter's concepts and principles, along with answers and other resources for instructors.

Reviews

"The examples give great practical demonstrations of the core legal concepts of legal research."
— Jason Douglas Hoge, Monrow County Legal Assistance Corporation

About the Author

William H. Putman, JD

William Putman is a lawyer and former instructor in the programs for Legal Assistant Studies at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque and Paralegal Studies at Santa Fe Community College. A member of the New Mexico Bar since 1975, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Jennifer R. Albright, JD

Jennifer Albright was an instructor and the Director of the Paralegal Studies and Judicial Studies programs at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque. She is currently adjunct faculty in Legal Assistant Studies at Phoenix College. Jennifer received her Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law and her LLM from Arizona State University. She a been a member of the New Mexico Bar since 1999.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Legal Principles and Authorities and the Research Process.
2. The Role of Key Terms and Key Facts in Legal Research.
3. Issue Identification--Spotting the Issue.
4. Constitutions, Statutes, Administrative Law, and Court Rules--Research and Analysis.
5. Case Law--Research and Briefing.
6. Case Law Analysis--Is a Case on Point?
7. Secondary Authority and Other Research Sources--Encyclopedias, Treatises, American Law Reports, Digests.
8. Secondary Authority--Periodicals, Restatements, Uniform Laws, Dictionaries, Legislative History, and Other Secondary Authorities.
9. Research with Citators.
10. Electronic Legal Research.
11. Counteranalysis.
12. The Research Process for Effective Legal Research.
APPENDIX A: Legal Research Memorandum.
APPENDIX B: Research Source Chart.
APPENDIX C: Court Opinions Referred to in the Text.
Glossary.
Index.

New to this edition

  • Information on legal citation is now included within substantive chapters rather than as a separate chapter.
  • Research using citators has been removed from the secondary sources chapters and is now presented in a stand-alone chapter discussing both Shepard's and West's KeyCite.
  • Updated and expanded materials on electronic legal research and legal applications have been added.
  • New exercises enhance learning and retention of new material.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Legal Research, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 1337413879 | ISBN-13: 9781337413879)

One of the few texts to focus entirely on legal research, this fully updated edition of Legal Research provides the "how to" information for identifying key facts and issues in a case, conducting statutory and case law research and analysis, briefing cases, researching secondary authority, determining whether or not a case is on point, conducting electronic legal research and counteranalysis, and citing authority. Designed to help students develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of legal research, the book guides them through each step in the research process, including how to determine what to research, how to identify key facts and terms, what to look for when researching, what to do with the research once it is found, and how to organize research. Each chapter includes examples of every concept and principle discussed, along with a hypothetical fact situation that applies concepts and principles in a real-world setting. The authors demonstrate how to conduct research efficiently without wasting time or duplicating effort and include extensive coverage of primary and secondary research sources, including Internet and computer research, citation format, and case law analysis.

Student Supplements

Legal Research, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 1337413879 | ISBN-13: 9781337413879)

Learn to conduct legal research without wasting time or duplicating effort! This one-of-a-kind text covers every phase of the legal research process and includes examples, illustrations, and assignments based on real-life cases. Practical information in every chapter shows you how to identify key facts and issues in a case, how to conduct statutory and case law research and analysis, as well as how to brief cases, research secondary authority, conduct electronic legal research and counteranalysis, and cite authority. Designed to help you develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of legal research, the book guides you through each step in the research process, including how to determine what to research, how to identify key facts and terms, what to look for when researching, what to do with the research once it is found, and how to organize research. You'll also find extensive coverage of primary and secondary research sources, including Internet and computer research, citation format, and case law analysis.