Advanced Legal Research


Marquette University Law School offers a program of advanced legal research that is unique among law schools throughout the country.  It is one of only a few law schools that, in addition to an intensive first year research & writing program, offers a required, one-credit Advanced Legal Research (“ALR”) course for 2Ls and 3Ls.  The principal purpose of the ALR courses is to help students achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct effective and efficient legal research and to do so in a professionally responsible manner. 

ALR courses promote critical thinking about research strategies necessary to identify, analyze, research, and solve legal research problems at a competency level expected of an entry-level practitioner.   The ALR courses are designed to be practical, “hands on” experiences in which students work with the kinds of research problems likely to be encountered in practice, whether, for instance, in trial preparation, document drafting, or appellate practice.

One-credit ALR courses are taught in the first 7 to 9 weeks of each semester.  These one-credit ALR courses are limited to twenty students so that adequate feedback may be given to each student throughout the semester as they work on research problems each week. 

The ALR courses are both topical and general.  General courses are offered on Federal Law and Wisconsin Law and, on occassion, State Law. Topical courses are offered on topics that might include Administrative Law, Business Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Health & Medical Law, International Law, Intellectual Property Law, Labor and Employment Law, Litigation, and Tax Law. Students may choose to take more than one ALR course.

In addition to the topical and general ALR courses, the Law School offers a two-credit Advanced Legal Research in Sports Law course, open to registered Sports Law Certificate candidates or those with instructor permission.