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Legal Research II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: PAR 210

       Course Name: Legal Research II

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

PAR 110 with minimum grade of C or consent of the coordinator.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides exposure to and training in the use of the computer to perform legal research. Content emphasizes Westlaw, LEXIS and Internet research, and introduces the latest forms of computer-assisted legal research.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.    demonstrate the ability to perform legal research on the Internet.
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

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

1.    Introduction to Computer-Assisted Legal Research
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
9.    LEXIS
10.    NEXIS, MEDIS, & other not-for-lawyer-only services
11.    Westlaw
12.    Searching Law Review, Journal, & Treatise databases
13.    Searching news & information databases

VII.  Methods of Instruction

1.    Lectures
2.    Computer laboratory exercises
3.    Problems
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1. Reading Assignments
2. Writing Assignments

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

1.    Homework
2.    Computer exercises
3.    Examinations

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.