PSCI 412. Legal Research

Principles and research procedures in California/federal case law, statutory law, and codes. Computerized legal research; legal citation and writing.

While it is entitled “Legal Research”, this is not a course that one might encounter in law school. Rather, it is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of thinking about and framing legal problems. In order to be successful in legal research, we must first learn and understand the legal sources that are relevant and available. Then, we will begin to develop an understanding of how to frame and analyze problems that involve the law.


C.L. Kunz et al. The Process of Legal Research: Authorities and Options. Eighth Edition.