Legal Research Class Notes 9/19/03


On Thursday we will review, and on Friday we will go over student questions.  Submit questions to McDade before that.


The exam will be 60% like the quiz questions from class.  40% will be an essay that will take 20-25 minutes.  It will have a legal research problem like the ones we’ve been doing.  The essay will ask us what steps we would take to solve the problem.


Assignment 5 is due next Friday.


No redoes on Assignment 3!


Uniform laws – National Conference of Commissioners


This includes stuff like the Model Penal Code and the UCC.  They can be adopted by different jurisdictions, but they are only law insofar as


How can we check if other states have adopted uniform laws?  You can check the Uniform Laws Annotated, which has all the uniform laws.  Then you would have to check state codes in order to see if and how states have adopted these laws.




What does the Federal Register contain?  It has executive orders, regulations, proposed regulations, notices of hearings and presidential proclamations.


What’s the different between the Federal Supplement and the Pacific Reporter?  The Pacific Reporter is regional, while the Federal Supplement is a federal reporter.


Where can you find a statute or regulation online besides Lexis or Westlaw?  You can look at GPO Access.


Bluebook stuff


You aren’t allowed to use the Bluebook on the exam.  You must memorize the stuff in it!


Bluebooking exercise!


1.     43 U.S.C. § 89 (2000).

2.     21 C.F.R. § 201.2 (2003).

3.     Miss. Code Ann. § 41-9-79 (1999 & Supp. 2002).

4.     Flint v. Stone, 220 U.S. 107, 117 (1910).

5.     68 Fed. Reg. 47,221 (Aug. 8, 2003) (to be codified at 17 C.F.R. pt. 4).

6.     Koppenal v. Nepera, Inc., 74 F.Supp.2d 409 (S.D.N.Y. 1999).


What you put in the parentheses is the most complicated thing there is.


First name first when you put a name!  This ain’t undergrad anymore!


If you cite to a federal reporter, you need to put the federal court that tried the case in the parentheses.


No comma before the left parenthesis!


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