This text and the accompanying videos provide a basic introduction to the mysteries of legal research, giving the new legal researcher the tools necessary for success. The title Legal Research Survival Manual is chosen with care. The work does not provide comprehensive coverage of legal materials, and is not designed to replace traditional legal texts. Instead, it is an easy-to-read introduction for students at the very start of their career. It is designed to be an approachable resource to launch them into the first year of law school or as a legal research refresher for those starting their first jobs or internships. The videos can be watched in conjunction with the book or separately.

Video topics include:

  • Structure of US Court System
  • How Cases Came to be Published
  • The Parts of a Judicial Opinion
  • How to Read a Judicial Opinion
  • Overview of the Online Systems
  • Hints for Online Case Searching
  • Citators and How They Can Save You
  • Bluebook Citation and You
  • Legislation—What You Need to Know
  • Administrative Law and Legislative History
  • Secondary Sources
  • Research Strategy

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Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Academic and Career Success Series
Publication Date: 04/01/2017

Robert C. Berring, University of CA-Berkeley School of Law

Michael Levy, University of CA-Berkeley School of Law


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