Legal Research

Legal Research

Learn key skills for researching legal authorities and cases.
3 Months Access / 24 Course Hrs
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This course will teach you how to conduct research within the legal profession. Within law, legal professionals must be able to research and cite case law, and this course explains the authorities, the law library, and how to cite and Shepardize cases properly.

Enrollment Options:
3 Months Access Course Code: T14171
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$115.00 USD


I. Using FIRAC in legal research
II. Sources of law
III. Resources available for statutory research
IV. How to cite case law research
V. Secondary authority resources
VI. Using Shepard's citations in legal research
VII. Referring to a case using case citation
VIII. Writing a case brief
IX. Computerized legal research as a tool


Hardware Requirements:

This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later operating systems.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.