Tompkins Cortland Community College

PARA130 - Legal Research and Drafting


Students develop an understanding of legal research and legal writing. Topics include statutes, case law, drafting and writing process, types of documents, and types and use of research tools, including online legal research with Westlaw and Lexis. In particular, the student gains familiarity with a law library (can be online only) and researching a topic from general topic to specific case. Although this course is intended to be a general course, the primary focus is on New York and federal law. However, after successful completion of the course, students have the tools necessary for legal research of all types, in any jurisdiction. While access to a physical law library is desirable, it is not required. Prerequisites: Prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 101; C or better grade in PARA 101. Concurrent enrollment in PARA 101 is permissible with instructor permission. 3 Cr. (3 Lec.) Fall and spring semesters.