The Library offers the following Legal Research Services to JFK College of Law Students
Note: Librarians cannot provide legal advice, including how to analyze materials or what conclusions to draw from the resources; we can only point you to the resources - from there, inquire with your professor for help with analysis.
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming ASC / Library Orientations
Go to the scheduler here:
1st Thursday: September 3, 2020
3rd Sunday: September 20, 2020
1st Thursday: October 1, 2020
3rd Sunday: October 18, 2020
1st Thursday: January 7, 2021
3rd Sunday: January 17, 2021
1st Thursday: February 4, 2021
3rd Sunday: February 21, 2021
Legal Research in 4 Steps
STEP 1: PREPARE
STEP 2: USE SECONDARY SOURCES TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR ISSUE
American Law Reports: ALR articles, called annotations, provide background, analysis, and citations to relevant cases, statutes, law review articles, and other annotations.
Treatises--books on legal topics--are a good place to begin your research or find an answer to a question, and will help you save time by providing explanation, analysis, and tips on the most relevant primary sources. Some examples include Practice Guides: Continuing Education for the Bar (CEB), found on OnLaw, and The Rutter Group (TRG) Practice Guides, found on Westlaw. Other resources include Nutshell series, Hornbooks, and Nolo Press publications.
Law review or journal articles are valuable for the depth in which they analyze and critique legal topics, as well as their extensive references to other sources, including primary sources.
Remember: Secondary sources are NOT the law itself; they can be used to persuade, educate and provide context when making a legal argument, but you must always provide PRIMARY LAW sources: Cases, Regulations, Statutes, or Constitutions.
STEP 3: FIND PRIMARY AUTHORITY
STEP 4: UPDATE & ANALYZE YOUR PRIMARY SOURCES
READ the law, whether it be a case, regulation, statute, etc.
Put it all together and you’re done!