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.

Foundational Courses

Legal Research for 1L Legal Writing 

taught by: Legal Writing Faculty, Library Faculty

(LAWS 5226) Law librarians provide research instruction to first year law students as part of their first year legal writing experience.  This instruction covers the basics of finding and using primary and secondary legal authority.  Students work in groups and meet with law librarians to review exercises and provide personalized instruction.  Video instruction is available on the  Wise Law Library YouTube channel .

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.

Advanced Courses

Foundational Courses are recommended, but not required, before taking advance legal research courses.

Advanced Legal Research

taught by:  Jill Sturgeon

(LAWS 6856) This two-credit course moves students from the brief introduction to legal research offered in the first year legal writing class to the problem-centered research students will perform in practice. Offers an in-depth look at research resources and methods. Primary and secondary sources from the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of federal and state government will be covered, both print an online.

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.

Specialized Legal Research: Intellectual Property

taught by: Kerri Rowe  

(LAWS 6836) Builds upon first-year legal research problem-solving skills by exposing students to the nuances of research topics in intellectual property law.


Specialized Legal Research: Foreign & International Law

taught by:  Jill Sturgeon

(LAWS 6836) Introduces students to resources and methods used to conduct foreign, comparative, and international law research.  This course explores primary and secondary sources of international law (e.g., treaties, cases from international courts and tribunals, documents from international organizations) and foreign law (e.g., civil codes, cases, statutes).  In addition, it will introduce navigating different legal systems and language barriers.


Writing & Research in the Regulatory Context

taught by  Susan Nevelow Mart  &  Gabrielle Stafford

(LAWS 6223) Focuses on developing the research, writing, and analytical skills necessary to operate within highly-regulated fields.  Weekly research and writing assignments will focus on exposing students to the kinds of authority typical in the regulatory context: legislation, legislative history, administrative regulations, agency opinions, cases, and advanced secondary sources. Student writing assignments will include drafting opinion letters, pleadings and motions, contracts, and policies and procedures.