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The Process of Legal Research: Practices and Resources, Ninth Edition

Deborah A. Schmedemann, Ann L. Bateson, Mehmet Konar-Steenberg


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    A long-time best-selling comprehensive text for basic legal research, The Process of Legal Research: Practices and Resources, Ninth Edition melds a rich discussion of legal authorities with a presentation of strategic processes for researching using the vast array of resources now available to the legal researcher. With readability in mind, The Process of Legal Research is written to engage various learners through streamlined text, graphics, in-text scenarios that draw on first-year topics, sample documents, and self-assessment questions. Covering sources from dictionaries to international and tribal law, and presenting and repeatedly demonstrating ten practices that distinguish skilled researchers, the book zeroes in on current, credible, cost-efficient options for each type of legal authority. To maximize students’ comprehension, the chapters conclude with a research scenario paired with questions for guided practice as well as a theoretical question to prompt class discussion. 

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 3/3/2016
    Copyright: 2016
    Pages: 368
    Connected eBook with Study Center + Print: 9781454863335
    Connected eBook with Study Center: 9781454882817

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    Summary of Contents


    Unit One: The Basics
    Chapter 1: The Landscapes of Legal Research
    Chapter 2: The Ten Practices of Skilled Legal Researchers

    Unit Two: Secondary Sources
    Chapter 3: Secondary Sources

    Unit Three: Primary Authority from the U.S.
    Chapter 4: Case Law
    Chapter 5: Codified Law
    Chapter 6: Rules of Procedure and Practice
    Chapter 7: Administrative Agency Law

    Unit Four: Beyond U.S. Law
    Chapter 8: Tribal Law
    Chapter 9: International Law


  • Author Information

    Mehmet Konar-Steenberg

    Mehmet Konar-Steenberg is a member of the faculty at William Mitchell College of Law.

    Deborah A. Schmedemann

    During her twenty years as a law school professor, Professor Schmedemann has pursued three main interests: the teaching of key law practice skills, empirical analysis of contracting behaviors, and the ever-changing law of employment relations.

    Professor Schmedemann is conducting empirical research regarding public service by lawyers, including pro bono representation of people who can not afford to hire lawyers. Her sample includes 1,200 law students and lawyers. She has presented on this topic at the Equal Justice Conference (a national conference for lawyers who provide free legal services to the poor) and the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools, as well as consulted with legal services agencies that have pro bono programs. The research has identified the importance of the lawyer’s views regarding social issues, approach to moral dilemmas, values, and connection to his or her community.

    Professor Schmedemann is a frequent speaker on employment law topics at CLE programs and on teaching issues at law school conferences.

    Ann L. Bateson

    Ann Bateson is director of the Schoenecker Law Library, associate dean and professor of law at the University of St. Thomas. Professor Bateson was previously director of the law library at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul , a position she held since 1989. Bateson earned a B.A. from the College of St. Catherine, an M.A. in library science from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota , where she graduated cum laude.
    During her career, Bateson has built an outstanding library collection and staff. She has taught courses in lawyering skills, federal tax research, criminal law and legislation.
    Bateson also co-authored one of the leading textbooks on legal research, The Process of Legal Research (now in its sixth edition). She has led the transformation of the Ugandan legal system by helping to compile, revise and publish the Laws of the Republic of Uganda (a 28-volume undertaking).
    Bateson has held leadership and service roles with the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the American Association of Law Libraries and the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries.

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