Starting Your 1L Memo Research with Ease
Email this Mix
Slide 1 - Starting Your 1L Memo Research with Ease
- Introduction &
- Secondary Sources
- Spring – 2015
Slide 2 - 2
- I’m Tanishka Cruz – I’m an Account Executive based out of Virginia and I support University of Virginia School of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law, and Liberty University School of Law.
- If you have any questions following this training module, please feel free to contact me at: email@example.com
- Hey everyone!
- That’s me!
Slide 3 - 3
- This module is the first in a series of 3 aimed at showing you how easy it is to locate relevant secondary and primary resources on Lexis Advance for your 1L Memo.
- The purpose of a legal memo is to educate its reader about the law relevant to a particular issue or issues and explain how that law will apply to a specific set of facts.
- In this module, we will focus on locating secondary sources in Lexis Advance. By the end of this module, you’ll be able to:
- Define a secondary source;
- Learn how to search for a relevant secondary source; and
- Understand why identifying relevant secondary sources is the first step in an efficient 1L memo research strategy.
- Starting your 1L Memo Research
Slide 4 - Friday night (while catching up on Scandal), our client chipped her tooth on a cherry pit while eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream.
- The senior partner at your firm has asked you to write a memo evaluating the merits of our client’s claim against Ben & Jerry’s on a theory of a breach of the implied warranty of merchantability?
Slide 5 - 5
- What is a secondary source?
- Secondary sources explain the law, comment on the law, index the law or summarize the law.
- Why should I start with a secondary source?
- Efficient place to start your research because they:
- Lead you to primary authority (i.e. cases, statutes, and regulations);
- Provide you with useful background information; and
- Help expand your knowledge of terminology and rules in a precise area of law.
- What’s the difference between a treatise, jurisprudence, and law review/journal?
- Treatises, such as “Corbin on Contracts,” provide in-depth analysis of specific areas of law.
- Jurisprudences, on the other hand, include resources such as legal encyclopedias like “American Jurisprudence 2d” or annotations like “American Law Reports,” these sources organize issues by topic or issue rather than by area of law.
- Law reviews and Journals, is a body of academic legal scholarship typically discussing new or developing areas of law in great depth.
- Defining a secondary source
Slide 6 - 6
- When constructing your search keep in mind that Lexis Advance recognizes both Natural language and Terms & Connectors searches.
- Natural Language – method of searching using plain english or terms in your own words.
- Terms and Connectors – on the other hand a more specific method of searching where you link search terms together using connectors to explicitly define the relationships between your search terms and dictate how and where those terms are to appear in the document.
- Before you start searching and reading, take some time to consider the following:
- What key words should I be searching?
- Read your hypo and pull out all the legal terms and phrases – don’t worry so much about the facts just yet.
- In what jurisdiction should I be looking?
- Winning Search Strategies
Slide 7 - 7
- Pre-Search Filters & Search
Slide 8 - 8
- Post-Search Filters
Slide 9 - 9
- Document Navigation
Slide 10 - 10
- In sum, identifying relevant secondary sources is an essential first step in your 1L Memo research process. You should now be able to define a secondary source; know how to search for a relevant secondary source; and understand why identifying relevant secondary sources is the first step in an efficient 1L memo research strategy.
- But your work is not done! Remember to also watch the other 2 videos in the 1L Memo series which focus on researching Case Law, Shepard’s, and Statutes to learn about the remaining steps in the 1L Memo research process.
Slide 11 - 11
- Quiz - Complete the following quiz to reinforce important points covered in this module and earn a bonus 50 POINTS!
Slide 12 - 12
- Quiz – (cont.)
Slide 13 - 13
- Quiz – (cont.)
Slide 14 - 14
- Complete the following quiz to reinforce important points covered in this module and earn a bonus 50 POINTS! Email your responses to:
- If I want to identify a secondary source that focuses on a specific area of law should I look for a:
- Law Review Article
- You can run either a natural language or terms and connectors search in Lexis Advance.
- a) True
- b) False
- 3. Please list 2 reasons why it’s a good idea to start with a secondary source?