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Law Library Orientation

Course Materials

There is no required textbook for this course.  You have been provided access codes to Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw Precision.  You will be required to register and utilize these accounts to complete this course.  Instructions are available in the online Orientation Guide and appended to this guide.

Other class content, including written guides, interactive videos, and the legal research final, will be available on the Legal Research course page on UA Blackboard.

Course Guides

Written guides for each week are available in Blackboard.  These will unlock progressively throughout the semester.  These guides provide information about the legal research process and legal resources you will use in law school and as an attorney.  You are encouraged to read these guides before attending the in-class meetings.

Interactive Videos

The interactive videos are designed to demonstrate the application of information from the guides.  The interactive videos will demonstrate the legal research process using hypotheticals.  At points in the video, you will be required to enter a response to a question to advance.  These questions may require following specific steps in Bloomberg, Lexis, or Westlaw, so you must have registered your account to complete the video.

The videos are not graded, but you must complete each video to unlock the final.  Once you have completed a video, you will be able to rewatch a version of the video without the interactions.