Intro to Legal Encyclopedias

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Intro to Legal Encyclopedias

  1. 1. Legal EncyclopediasA Crash Course<br />Stephanie A. Huffnagle<br />
  2. 2. Review of primary sources/authority<br />The law<br />Binding on courts<br />Examples<br />Court cases<br />Statutes<br />Administrative rules & regulations<br />
  3. 3. What is a secondary source?<br />Persuasive authority <br />Summary, analysis & critique of the law<br />User-friendly language<br />Cross references to primary authority<br />
  4. 4. Examples of Secondary Sources<br />Legal Encyclopedias<br />Treatises & Hornbooks<br />Legal Periodicals<br />Restatements<br />American Law Reports<br />
  5. 5. Why should you consult a secondary source?<br />Unfamiliarity with topic<br />Broad overview (e.g. encyclopedia) <br />In-depth analysis (e.g. treatise)<br />Persuasive<br />Cross reference to primary authority<br />
  6. 6. What are Legal Encyclopedias?<br />Broad overview<br />Summary of law<br />References to primary sources<br />
  7. 7. Types of Legal Encyclopedias<br />National<br />American Jurisprudence 2d<br />Corpus JurisSecundum<br />State<br />New York Jurisprudence 2d<br />Subject Specific<br />Encyclopedia of the American Constitution<br />
  8. 8. Basic Format of a Legal Encyclopedia<br />Main volumes<br />Table of contents<br />Detailed general index<br />Various Tables<br />Entries include narrative text with footnotes<br />Pocket parts and/or replacement volumes<br />
  9. 9. Before searching…<br />Print vs. electronic<br />National or State-specific?<br />
  10. 10. The Fact Pattern<br />
  11. 11. Searching a Legal Encyclopedia<br />General index<br />Table of Contents<br />Entries<br />Pocket parts<br />With electronic editions, browse the table of contents or perform a keyword search<br />
  12. 12. Example: NY Jur 2d (print)<br />
  13. 13. Example: Am Jur 2d (electronic)<br />Westlaw<br />
  14. 14. The Next Step…<br />Analyze entry<br />Locate primary authority<br />Find additional secondary sources<br />Narrow or expand your search<br />
  15. 15. Review<br />So what did we learn?<br />
  16. 16. Wrap-up <br />Worksheet due next class<br />Next time – more secondary sources<br />Any questions?<br />
  17. 17. References<br />Putman, W. H. (2008). Pocket guide to legal research. Clifton Park, NY: Thomson Delmar Learning.<br />Gibson, E. M. (2004). Gibson’s New York legal research guide (3rd ed.).Buffalo, NY: W.S. Hein.<br />

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