Introduction to U.S. Legal Research: Autumn 09 Bigelow Program D’Angelo Law Library Sheri Lewis Margaret Schilt Todd Ito O...
Primary Law/Secondary Law <ul><li>Primary law is the law </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statutory law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ca...
Legal Citation Format <ul><li>Sample Legal Citations </li></ul><ul><li>The Bluebook </li></ul>October 2009 D'Angelo Law Li...
Primary Law:  Case Law <ul><li>Common law system: case opinions are primary law </li></ul><ul><li>United States Courts </l...
Where do you find cases? <ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Case Reporters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><u...
Case Law in Print <ul><li>Tommy Hilfiger Licensing, Inc. v. Nature Labs, LLC,   221 F. Supp. 2d 410 (S.D.N.Y. 2002) </li><...
Secondary Law: Legal Encyclopedias and Dictionaries <ul><li>Legal Encyclopedias </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Jurispruden...
Secondary Law: Restatements <ul><li>Restatements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statements of accepted principles in areas of law t...
Secondary Law:  Treatises, Hornbooks & Nutshells <ul><li>All are books written about areas of the law </li></ul><ul><li>Di...
How to find them <ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Catalog or Lens Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library web...
Secondary Law: Law Reviews <ul><li>Law Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Bar Journals and Practice Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Leg...
Introduction to Westlaw and LexisNexis See Introduction to U.S. Legal Research: Student Outline October 2009 D'Angelo Law ...
Additional Help <ul><li>D’Angelo Law Library Reference Staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connie Fleischer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Questions? October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
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United States Legal Research for LLM Students

  1. 1. Introduction to U.S. Legal Research: Autumn 09 Bigelow Program D’Angelo Law Library Sheri Lewis Margaret Schilt Todd Ito October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  2. 2. Primary Law/Secondary Law <ul><li>Primary law is the law </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statutory law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case, or common, law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See U.S Legal System Chart </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Secondary law is material written about the law </li></ul>October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  3. 3. Legal Citation Format <ul><li>Sample Legal Citations </li></ul><ul><li>The Bluebook </li></ul>October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  4. 4. Primary Law: Case Law <ul><li>Common law system: case opinions are primary law </li></ul><ul><li>United States Courts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>United States Court System Chart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Map of U.S. Court System </li></ul></ul>October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  5. 5. Where do you find cases? <ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Case Reporters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Westlaw, LexisNexis </li></ul></ul>October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  6. 6. Case Law in Print <ul><li>Tommy Hilfiger Licensing, Inc. v. Nature Labs, LLC,   221 F. Supp. 2d 410 (S.D.N.Y. 2002) </li></ul>October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  7. 7. Secondary Law: Legal Encyclopedias and Dictionaries <ul><li>Legal Encyclopedias </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Jurisprudence 2d </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corpus Juris Secundum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both in print in the Reading Room, online in LexisNexis and Westlaw </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Law Dictionaries ( See Legal Reference Works ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Black’s Law Dictionary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign law dictionaries in Reading Room </li></ul></ul>October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  8. 8. Secondary Law: Restatements <ul><li>Restatements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statements of accepted principles in areas of law traditionally governed by common law, e.g. torts, contracts, property, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include comments, illustrations and references for further information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not &quot;law&quot; unless adopted by the court or legislature of a particular jurisdiction, but nevertheless influential </li></ul></ul>October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  9. 9. Secondary Law: Treatises, Hornbooks & Nutshells <ul><li>All are books written about areas of the law </li></ul><ul><li>Differ from each other in scope and depth of treatment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Treatises: multi-volume, detailed analyses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hornbooks: 1-2 volume statements of settled principles of law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nutshells: concise overviews </li></ul></ul><ul><li>See Secondary Sources </li></ul>October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  10. 10. How to find them <ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Catalog or Lens Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library webpage: Treatises and Study Aids </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online: Treatises in LexisNexis, Westlaw </li></ul>October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  11. 11. Secondary Law: Law Reviews <ul><li>Law Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Bar Journals and Practice Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Newspapers and Magazines </li></ul><ul><li>See Legal Periodical Research </li></ul>October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  12. 12. Introduction to Westlaw and LexisNexis See Introduction to U.S. Legal Research: Student Outline October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  13. 13. Additional Help <ul><li>D’Angelo Law Library Reference Staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connie Fleischer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Todd Ito </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sheri Lewis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lyonette Louis-Jacques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Margaret Schilt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bill Schwesig </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask-a-Law-Librarian </li></ul>October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library
  14. 14. Questions? October 2009 D'Angelo Law Library

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