Lectures & Course Materials

Colorado Law library faculty members are experts in legal research and teach a number of for-credit classes throughout the academic year. Please consult the Law School's Course and Registration page to see what courses are being offered in the coming semester.

Legal Research for 1L Legal Writing

taught by: Legal Writing Faculty, Library Faculty

(LAWS 5226) This course provides an intensive introduction to the resources available for legal research. Use the link above to to find class research exercises, research guides, and video tutorials.

Advanced Legal Research and Analysis

taught by: Susan Nevelow Mart

(LAWS 6886) Develops students' ability to think critically about and solve current legal problems. Evaluates the benefits and detriments of both print and on-line legal resources, and how to create an efficient research plan. Formulates and applies research strategies to real-world legal problems, and uses legal analysis to refine and improve research results. Note: Students who have taken LAWS 6856 Advanced Legal Research course may not enroll in this course.

Advanced Legal Research

taught by: Robert Linz

(LAWS 6856) This course offers an in-depth look at research resources and methods. Topics covered will include sources from the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of federal and state government; research in topical areas such as environmental law, taxation, and international law; and extensive coverage of secondary and non-law resources. Both print and electronic sources will be covered. Students will have several assignments and a final project.

Advanced Legal Research and Writing for Practice

taught by: Amy Griffin ; Robert Linz

(LAWS 6896) This course builds on the fundamental legal research and writing skills covered during the first year of law school, and requires students to develop and practice these skills in real-world ways. Every assignment will have a realistic purpose and audience, giving students the opportunity to complete work similar to that of summer associates or new attorneys. The assignments will primarily require objective analysis, but will include at least one persuasive piece of writing. Each assignment integrates the legal writing and research goals of the course, including the final project of the semester, an actual legal memo for Colorado Legal Services. Students will receive individual feedback on every assignment. The course is co-taught by a legal writing professor and a law librarian, with approximately 2/3 of the course devoted to writing, and 1/3 to research.

Colorado Legal Research

taught by: Robert Linz

(LAWS 6866) Surveys resources and methods to effectively research Colorado law. Covers primary and secondary resources including Colorado statutes, cases and digests, regulations, and constitution and practice materials. Covers how to research Colorado municipal law and other Colorado topics.