American Business Law: Sources and Methods
The course focuses on the basic working of U.S. legal practice, including the sources and methods for researching, analyzing, and communicating about U.S. law, with a particular, but not exclusive, emphasis on business and commercial practice. Research and written exercises will coordinate with the required course in Corporations.
The course proceeds in four parts. The first focuses on primary sources of U.S. law, including statutes, judicial opinions, and regulations, and emphasizes how the American common law system varies from typical civil law systems. The second part of the course familiarizes students with American legal research, primarily traditional hardbound research tools for both primary and secondary sources. The third part reviews electronic access to these sources in conjunction with writing a closed-research office memorandum. In the fourth part of the course students will further develop their general research skills and learn about additional research resources specific to the business world, including looseleaf and online services, and research and write a second office memorandum.