Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
10-110-104 021237 Legal Research
Outline of Instruction

Course Information
Description10-110-104 LEGAL RESEARCH ...research terminology; sources of law; primary/secondary authority; mandatory/persuasive authority; citation form; factual/legal issues; effective research strategies; validating and updating results; computer-assisted legal research; Internet research. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
Total Credits3
Prior Learning Assessments
Course Competencies
  1. Use terminology associated with legal research.
  2. Explain the different sources of law.
  3. Differentiate between issues of fact and issues of law.
  4. Differentiate between and identify primary and secondary authority.
  5. Identify mandatory and persuasive authority.
  6. Use proper citation form.
  7. Develop and use effective legal research strategies.
  8. Develop efficient methods of validating and updating legal research results.
  9. Explain the basic functions of Westlaw as a legal research tool.
  10. Demonstrate competent use of Westlaw for legal research.
  11. Demonstrate competent use of Westlaw as a tool to validate and update legal research results.
  12. Demonstrate competent use of FastCase for legal research.
  13. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of using the Internet as a tool for factual and legal research.