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Legal Research   

Learn key skills for researching legal authorities and cases.

This course will teach you how to conduct research within the legal profession. Within law, legal professionals must be able to research and cite case law, and this course explains the authorities, the law library, and how to cite and Shepardize cases properly.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Learn key skills for researching legal authorities and cases.
  1. Using FIRAC in legal research
  2. Sources of law
  3. Resources available for statutory research
  4. How to cite case law research
  5. Secondary authority resources
  6. Using Shepard's citations in legal research
  7. Referring to a case using case citation
  8. Writing a case brief
  9. Computerized legal research as a tool

What you will learn

  • IRAC and Sources of Law
  • Authorities of Law
  • Statutory and Case Law Research
  • Resources and Briefing
  • Computerized Legal Research
  • Shepardizing

How you will benefit

  • Gain key skills needed to work as a paralegal


Legal Research
Fee: $115.00
Dates: 5/1/2022 - 7/31/2022
Delivery Method: Online

This course is offered through our partners at ed2go.  These courses are fun, fast, convenient, easy to use, and led by an expert instructor.  Courses run for six weeks and you have 24/7 access to two lessons each week. Each lesson is accompanied by a short, multiple-choice quiz, and some lessons include hands-on assignments.

You will receive an e-mail with course access information upon completion of your enrollment.

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