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.


  1. Using FIRAC in legal research
  2. Sources of law
  3. Resources available for statutory research
  4. How to cite case law research
  5. Secondary authority resources
  6. Using Shepard's citations in legal research
  7. Referring to a case using case citation
  8. Writing a case brief
  9. Computerized legal research as a tool



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 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.
  • 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.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14171