- Course Descriptions
- Division of Social Sciences and Business
- Course Syllabi
- Introduction to Paralegal Studies
- Legal Research I
- Real Property Law
- Legal Research II
- Contract Law
- Law of Family Relations
- Corporate and Securities Law
- Tort and Insurance Law
- Estate Planning
- Environmental Law
- Community Law
- Law Office Management
- Bankruptcy Law
- Intellectual Property
- Commercial Real Estate Law
- Topics in Paralegal Studies
Legal Research II
I. Course Prefix/Number: PAR 210
Course Name: Legal Research II
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
2. demonstrate an ability to perform legal research on LEXIS.
3. demonstrate an ability to perform legal research on Westlaw.
4. demonstrate an ability to utilize the latest technologies available to perform legal research.
5. demonstrate an understanding of the non-legal information that is helpful to a law office that is available on the Internet and on LEXIS and Westlaw.
V. Academic Integrity
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
2. Using Netscape and Windows Explorer for legal research
3. How to Use Search Engines & Catalogs
4. How to find experts on the Net
5. How to find people on the Net
6. How to perform business research on the Net
7. Researching medical/legal issues on the Net
8. Utilizing the latest technology to perform legal research
10. NEXIS, MEDIS, & other not-for-lawyer-only services
12. Searching Law Review, Journal, & Treatise databases
13. Searching news & information databases
VII. Methods of Instruction
2. Computer laboratory exercises
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
2. Writing Assignments
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
2. Computer exercises
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.