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Ben Doherty's Advanced Legal Research: Class Resources

Class Resources

Course text. The course text is Kent C. Olson, Legal Research in a Nutshell (West Academic, 13th ed., 2018), available through the bookstore. The Nutshell is a good resource not only for this class, but also to have available as you begin your career--for when you have any questions about how to approach a particular legal research project. I still use it in my work. We will not have assigned class readings, but many of the answers to your intro surveys will likely be found in this book.

Class infographics. See the list to the right for links to a variety of infographics on class-specific topics.

Class videos

The Bluebook (21st Edition though 20th Edition will mostly work). We have several reserve copies available that you can ask for at the circulation desk. You can also access the online 21st Edition Bluebook by requesting a license code.

Ask me. I am happy to work with you and answer any questions you have about your class assignments or about legal research in general. Normally, my office door is always open for questions. During the pandemic, we'll need to switch to talking by Zoom, over email, or in an outdoor setting. I have designated Zoom office hours, but am also happy to make an appointment for other times if you contact me by email. If you email me in the evenings or on the weekends, I will respond as soon as I can, though that often will be during the next business day.