Course Detail: ALRW - Advanced Legal Research & Writing Certificate Course

This exciting course is designed to teach advanced and specialized approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library, and elsewhere. The conceptual differences between computer-assisted legal research and hard copy research will be taught. You will also learn how to formulate WESTLAW search queries and effectively and efficiently use WESTLAW and other online legal research methods as time-saving devices in legal research and legal writing.

This course is designed to examine more thoroughly advanced and specialized approaches to utilizing the legal sources available in the law library and online. 


  •  Lesson 1: Legal Authorities and Citations
  •  Lesson 2: Legal Analysis
  •  Lesson 3: Westlawę online legal research
  •  Lesson 4: The Legal Memorandum of Law
  •  Lesson 5: Manual Legal Research
  •  Lesson 6: Types of Legal Writing


  •  How to conduct manual legal research
  •  How to conduct electronic legal research
  •  How to find, interpret and use various types of legal authorities
  •  How to shepardize legal authorities
  •  How to write a legal analysis
  •  How to draft a Memorandum of Law
  •  How to brief case opinions
  •  How to engage in various types of legal writing

Registration Deadlines

Course Begins

Register By

Course Ends

January 13

January 17

February 28, 2020

March 9

March 13

April 24, 2020

May 4

May 8

June 19, 2020

June 29

July 3

August 14, 2020

August 24

August 28

October 9, 2020

October 19

October 23

December 4, 2020


Required Books

LegalResearch, Analysis and Writing - ISBN 9781305978372

LegalResearch Methods, 2nd Edition - ISBN 9781609302429

Westlaw Access

Recommended Books

Oran'sDictionary of the Law, 4th Edition - ISBN 978-1-4180-8091-4

Participants will be expected to complete reading and homework assignments and will be assigned an advanced legal research project and legal writing assignment. Final research and writing projects will be presented for grading to the instructor or The Center for Legal Studies as a prerequisite of course completion.

Continuing Education Units and Contact Hours

45 contact hours or 4.5 CEUs



Course Resources
Advanced Legal Research and Writing Course - Online - SYLLABUS (PDF Document)

Available Sessions