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Legal Information Literacy

LIBR 430 - Advanced information literacy course that considers the use and impact of different forms of legal information.  Students will learn to analyze and evaluate legal information to determine meaning and relevancy.

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will have knowledge and/or competency in the following specific areas: ·     The United States legal system and the ways in which the law is conceptualized and authored; ·     How the law is published in the United States including official/unofficial, print/digital, free/pay, primary/secondary dichotomies that shape the way the law is gathered and used; ·     The different ways that lawyers and judges think about and read legal information like cases, statutes and regulations; ·     Basic legal vocabulary required for thinking about the law as a legal information literate consumer of it; ·     How to analyze legal information and think critically about its relevancy, appropriateness and utility; ·     The ability to apply legal information to legal reasoning/arguments using tools like deduction, analogy, hypothetical scenarios and comparison in order to covey understanding of the law including unintended consequences; ·     Consider the role of precedent in common law systems and its importance in determining current-ness to a legal concept; ·     Explain the role of specific types of legal information and their relation to one another in terms of establishing their meaning.

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