Law Library Classes

Law Library Classes

U.S. Legal Research

Law 7454 | Fall 2021 Professor: Scott Akehurst-Moore

The course is designed to prepare law students for research in practice, clerkships, and legal scholarship. Students will evaluate legal research sources and use them effectively, expand skills in primary and secondary U.S. legal sources, become aware of non-legal information resources that could be useful to legal practice, and get an overview of public international law and foreign legal research. Since learning legal research requires a hands-on approach, students are required to complete assignments and in-class exercises. This course will emphasize cost-effective research, including print and internet sources. The topics covered in this survey course will vary from year to year and may include immigration law, tax law, business law, environmental law and cultural property law among others.

Advanced Legal and Interdisciplinary Research

Law 7624 | Summer 2021 Professor: Elliott Hibbler

This course teaches students how to research specialized interdisciplinary legal topics, highlighting both legal and non-legal sources that reflect modern practice. The course will use a combination of lectures, interactive hands-on sessions, real life examples, and an in-depth final research and writing project. Students will explore the interaction of relevant non-legal sources with state, federal and international primary laws and regulations. Due to the availability of sources in practice, both print and electronic skills will be taught. The course will highlight different specialized topics such as health law, environmental law, etc.

Legal Research Workshop (Section 1)

Law 7678 | Not offered in 2021

This course assists students in developing and executing research plans for writing projects. Students must identify an appropriate project early in the course; the project may be one that the student creates specifically for the course, or it could be one undertaken for a law review note, or a seminar or independent study in which the student is concurrently enrolled. The workshop will include readings, lectures, demonstrations, and in-class and homework exercises, as well as peer and instructor feedback focused on research strategies. Students will periodically present their research strategies and results for their writing projects. This course is graded with honorifics.

Scholarly Legal Writing (2 credits)

Law 7933 | Fall 2021 Professor: Sharon Persons
Spring 2022 Professor: Sharon Persons

Introduces students to basic concepts and principles of scholarly legal writing. Students will produce a piece of scholarly legal writing on a complex legal issue of their choice. The scholarly writing is expected to meet the standards of the upper-level rigorous writing requirement and be of publishable quality, analyzing an original legal issue.

International and Foreign Legal Research

Law 7569 | Spring 2022 Professor: Craig Eastland

The Northeastern University Law Review publishes legal scholarship in its flagship print journal and online platforms. In addition to performing standard staff duties, a staff member may elect to register to develop a student note. Notes shall meet the standards of the upper-level rigorous writing requirement and be of publishable quality, analyzing an original legal issue. Note writers work under supervision of the managing editor and faculty advisor to write and revise an idea developed in LAW 7678 or another setting. Top student Notes may be selected for publication. This course is graded on a Credit/No Credit basis.