The ability to identify,
evaluate and properly use legal texts is at the core of a lawyer's
work. Legal Research is the study of the texts that comprise the
foundation on which lawyers study precedents, identify issues, analyze
outcomes and formulate positions. Mastery of this skill is essential
to your success as a legal practitioner and/or scholar.
Wei Luo, J.D.,
Information | Course
Policies and Procedures | Readings |
Instruction | Grading |
PowerPoints & Assignments |
Introduction to US Law
||Contact Information -
- Tel: (314) 935-8045
- Fax: (314) 935-8149
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anheuser Busch Hall, Room 257A
- Carole Luther is the Administrative Assistant for Information
Resources and will be your contact person in the event you cannot reach
your instructor directly, Room 455.
- Regular Office Hours: 8:30 AM to 11:55 AM
- Consistent attendance and timely completion of the assigned readings are essential to your success in this class. As a
result, attendance will be taken at each class meeting. Although
I will be teaching two sections, you are required to
attend the class meeting at the time scheduled for your section
UNLESS you have specific authorization from me to
attend an alternate section at another time. If a class meeting date
falls on a religious holiday you wish to observe, please contact me prior to the week of that class. An appropriate alternative
section on another date will be chosen in those instances.
- Weekly research assignments will be due at the beginning of each
class meeting. Successful completion of all assignments is
required. Failure to successfully complete an assignment will
result in the assignment being returned for further
work, or, alternatively, a new research situation
being assigned. Credit for an assignment will not be
issued until it has been completed to the satisfaction of the
instructor. See the section on Grading
for more information.
This book is available at the Washington University bookstore in the Mallinkrodt
Student Center. Multiple copies of these books will also be
available on reserve (two-hour checkout period) at the Circulation Desk in
the Law School Library.
- Morris L. Cohen and Kent C. Olson, Legal Research, 10th Edition. West
Please read the chapters assigned and the PowerPoint file before
|Methods of Instruction
- In-class discussion
- Research assignments - Weekly
- Computer lab training
||Grades will be
based on the following factors:
are due at the beginning of class on the date published on the schedule.
Any assignments turned in after the beginning of class are late.
Plagiarism is not tolerated. The Washington
University School of Law Honor Code applies to this class and will be
enforced. Please be aware that the deliberate
removal or secretion of Library materials is a violation of this
Code. Offenses against the Honor Code will be referred to the Honor
Council for prosecution.
- Successful and timely completion of weekly research assignments (100%).
- Satisfactory completion of assignments
- No points will be awarded unless ALL assignments have been
- Due dates will be strictly enforced.
- Assignments are due at the beginning of class. Of
course, any earlier submission of assignments are encouraged and
welcome so I can discuss them at the beginning of the next class.
If you would like to turn in your assignments earlier, please give
them to me in my office. Because
unauthorized late submissions are unacceptable in the legal
profession and unfair to other students, penalties will be assessed
for late assignments. Penalties may include a point reduction
in your grade. Time extensions will only be granted in the
case of extreme and unforeseeable emergencies, and any request for
an extension must be made before the due date time for the
||This is the schedule
of readings and other assignments.|