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Legal Research In Criminal Justice


The following text is a work in progress.  Incomplete sections and forthcoming sections are noted in the heading of each section.  

Chapter I:  Introduction to Legal Research


Section 1.1:  Sources and Characteristics of the Law

Section 1.2:  Primary versus Secondary Sources

Section 1.3:  The Law Library

Section 1.4:  Statutory Law

Section 1.5:  Case Law


Chapter II: The Courts


Section 2.1:  The Structure of the U.S. Courts

Section 2.2:  Doctrines and Operations

Section 2.3:  Structure and Purpose of Cases

Section 2.4:  The Supreme Court of the United States

Section 2.5:  The Lower Federal Courts


Chapter III: Research Tools


Section 3.1:  The State Courts

Section 3.2:  Citators

Section 3.3:  Annotations & Enhancements

Section 3.4:  Using LexisNexis

Section 3.5:  Other Legal Publications


Chapter IV: Constitutions and Statutes


Section 4.1:  Constitutional Analysis

Section 4.2:  Analysis of Codes and Regulations

Section 4.3:  Working With Federal Statutes

Section 4.4:  Working With State Statutes

Section 4.5:  Working With Administrative Regulations


Chapter V: Court Rules and Practice


Section 5.1:  The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

Section 5.2:  Federal Rules of Evidence

Section 5.3:  State Rules

Section 5.4:  Judicial Interpretation of Rules

Section 5.5:  Practice Forms, Models, and Guidelines


Chapter VI: Legal Research Strategy


Section 6.1:  From Facts to Legal Question

Section 6.2:  Surveying the Subject

Section 6.3:  Searching for Legal Authority

Section 6.4:  Writing in the Law

Section 6.5:  Using the Bluebook and APA


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