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.

Foundations of Legal Research

taught by: Library Faculty

(LAWS 5646) This one-credit elective for first-year students seeks to move students from the brief introduction to legal research offered in the first-year legal writing classes to the sort of problem-centered research students will perform starting in the summer after their first year. Provides students with a conceptual understanding of the organization and connectivity of legal authority and with instruction in research methodology at both the project and resource levels.

Specialized Legal Research: Environmental and Natural Resources Law

taught by: Susan Nevelow Mart

(LAWS 6836) Builds upon first-year legal research problem-solving skills by exposing students to the nuances of research topics in a specialized topic and tracking related doctrinal classes, e.g., environmental and natural resources law.

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.

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.

Legal Research Skills for Practice

taught by: Robert Linz

(LAWS 6876) Approaches legal research from a practice-focused perspective using hands-on sessions in the library. Instructs: How to find and use resources specific to a particular practice area; how to evaluate and weigh strengths and weaknesses of the various legal resources available; and, how to use legal resources efficiently. Includes research strategies and methods, primary and secondary resources, and research using library catalogs and Westlaw, Lexis and other vendors.

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 and Writing for Practice

taught by: Amy Griffin ; Lisa Schultz

(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.