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Advanced Legal Research Courses - Fall 2024

The Research Services team of the MacMillan Law Library regularly offers several one-credit Advanced Legal Research (ALR) courses each semester.  Our teaching librarians each have earned at least a J.D. and a Masters degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) and all have law practice experience and/or other highly relevant professional legal work experience. 

All of our courses meet on an accelerated schedule and meet once a week for seven weeks.  Additionally, all ALR courses qualify for one credit of Experiential Learning (EL).

Our Fall 2024 courses are listed below.  To find our ALR courses in Emory's Course Atlas, search "ALR" and change "Any Subject" to "Law (LAW)"

 

ALR: IP - Copyright Law Research - LAW 657L

ALR: IP - Copyright Legal Research is a practical, skills-based course that will introduce students to research resources and research techniques applicable to copyright law and related topics at the intersection of law and technology.  Class assignments will includes in-class student presentations and focused research tasks.  Students will become familiar with a range of tools and materials, including primary and secondary sources.  Topics for class sessions will include foundations of U.S. copyright law, strategies and best practices for legal research, and the impact of AI on copyright.

Details:

  • LAW 657L: ALR: IP - Copyright Legal Research 
  • Instructor: Andrea Quinn, PhD, JD, MLS
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Experiential? YES
  • Maximum Enrollment: 16
  • Course Schedule: Tuesdays, 2pm- 4pm
  • Course Notes: Course meets for the first seven weeks of the term. 

ALR: International Legal Research - LAW 761

ALR: International Legal Research will introduce specialized techniques for research in the legal materials of other countries. Topics for class sessions will include types of primary resources for other countries, comparative works and subject compilations, translations and use of legal resources in foreign languages, and research in the materials of select countries, both common law jurisdictions (United Kingdom and Canada), and civil law jurisdictions (France and Mexico).

Details:

  • LAW 761: ALR: International Legal Research 
  • Instructor: Amy Flick, JD, MLIS
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Experiential? YES
  • Maximum Enrollment: 16
  • Course Schedule: Thursdays, 2pm- 4pm
  • Course Notes: Course meets for the first seven weeks of the term. 

ALR: Social Justice Legal Research - LAW 657C

ALR: Social Justice Legal Research is a practical, skills-based course designed to introduce specialized techniques for research in areas of law relevant to social justice. Upon completion of the seven-week course, students will be well equipped to effectively conduct the legal research necessary for social justice lawyers. Attention will be paid to both primary and secondary sources and research exercises will focus on several distinct fields of law (e.g. voting rights, fair housing, etc.) that are important to social justice. Graded work will include in and out of class assignments and a final research project.

Details:

  • LAW 657C: ALR: Social Justice Legal Research 
  • Instructor: Andy Stamm, JD, MLS
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Experiential? YES
  • Maximum Enrollment: 16
  • Course Schedule: Tuesdays, 2pm- 4pm
  • Course Notes: Course meets for the second seven weeks of the term. 

ALR: Mastery of Statutory Legal Research - LAW 657G

ALR: Mastery of Statutory Legal Research is a practical, skills-based course designed to improve information literacy and prepare students for practice or future study.  Through practical applications, including in-class exercises, homework exercises, a group presentation, and a final research project, students will become familiar with the principles, strategies, and best practices for doing statutory research.  Topics for class sessions include research strategy and documentation, advanced search techniques, the legislative process from introduction of a bill to codification, legislative history, using the U.S. Code in its official and annotated forms, and state codes. 

Details:

  • LAW 657G: ALR: Mastery of Statutory Legal Research  
  • Instructor: David Yoo, LLB, M.A., Ph.D., LLM, MLIS, SJD
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Experiential? YES
  • Maximum Enrollment: 16
  • Course Schedule: Thursdays, 2pm- 4pm
  • Course Notes: Course meets for the second seven weeks of the term. 

Spring 2025 Courses - TENTATIVE

The library will tentatively be offering the following courses for Spring 2025:

  • ALR: Foreign & Comparative Law - LAW 761C (Flick)
  • ALR: Mastery of Case Law Research - LAW 657H (Christian)
  • ALR: Business Law Research - LAW 762 (Yoo)
  • ALR: Criminal Law Research - LAW XXX (Coffey)
  • ALR: Mastery of Secondary Sources (Stamm) 

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