Advanced Legal Research: Curriculum & Courses

Advanced Legal Research Courses

The below Advanced Legal Research ("ALR") courses satisfy Marquette Law School's advanced legal research requirement.

ALR GENERAL COURSES INCLUDE:

   ALR - Federal

This ALR focuses on United States federal legal resources.  Research exercises and assignments utilize scenarios and issues from a variety of federal legal topics.

   ALR - Wisconsin

This ALR focuses on Wisconsin state legal resources.  Research exercises and assignments utilize scenarios and issues from a variety of state legal topics.

   ALR - State

Students are given the opportunity to use their preferred jurisdiction’s legal research materials to complete assignments.  One class gives students the opportunity to use federal administrative law materials for their assignments.  In-class exercises and out-of-class assignments  are based on a variety of state legal issues with the final project consisting of an oral report after a four-hour time block to research a problem.

ALR TOPICAL COURSES INCLUDE:

   ALR - Administrative Law

Attorneys routinely encounter regulatory issues in practice. This course focuses on administrative legal authority in the United States and how to find it in statutes, agency regulations and policy, agency and court decisions, and executive orders. Emphasis is on federal and Wisconsin regulatory materials, with some additional states and localities. Attention is given to legislative history, statutes, and case law as necessary components of regulatory research. Assignments with topical scenarios from several legal disciplines allow the student to explore and resolve regulatory research issues. A variety of print and online sources, including non-legal and free online materials are featured. There is no requirement that the administrative law course be taken as a prerequisite or concurrently with this ALR course.

  ALR – Business Law

This ALR focuses on federal and state corporate and business law resources available in print and online.  Research exercises and assignments utilize scenarios and current issues in corporate and business law.  The business law open enrollment courses are not a prerequisite to the ALR-Business Law course. 

  ALR - Criminal Law

This ALR focuses on state and federal resources available for criminal law research and utilizes criminal law scenarios and issues in assignments and projects.  The criminal law open enrollment courses are not a prerequisite to the ALR – Criminal Law course.

   ALR - Family Law

This ALR focuses on resources available for family law research and utilizes family law scenarios and issues in assignments and projects.  The family law open enrollment courses are not a prerequisite to the ALR – Family Law course.

   ALR - Health & Medical Law

This ALR focuses on state and federal resources available for health and medical law research and utilizes health law scenarios and issues in assignments and projects. The open enrollment health course is not a prerequisite to the ALR-Health & Medical Law course.

   ALR - Intellectual Property Law

This ALR focuses on federal and state intellectual property law resources.  It utilizes intellectual property law scenarios and issues in assignments and projects.  This course introduces students to the specialized resources that they will use as practicing IP lawyers.  The intellectual property law open enrollment courses are not a prerequisite to the ALR – IP course.

   ALR - International Law 

This ALR offers students the opportunity to work with public, private and foreign law resources.  It utilizes international law scenarios and issues in assignments and projects. The international law open enrollment courses are not a prerequisite to ALR - International Law.

   ALR - Labor & Employment Law

This ALR focuses on state and federal resources available for labor and employment law research and utilizes labor and employment law scenarios and issues in assignments and projects.  The labor and employment law open enrollment courses are not a prerequisite to the ALR – Labor & Employment Law course.

   ALR - Sports Law

This 2 credit ALR is specially designed for students interested in earning the National Sports Law Institute’s Sports Law Certificate and is required for all Certificate candidate. The course focuses on developing research skills that are needed for lawyers within all levels of the sports industry, including youth, high school, college, professional and recreational sports.  While the course will review traditional legal research databases it will also focus on free online resources for traditional legal information. The course will also review many non-legal sports industry resources used by practitioners.  At times, guests will be featured from different industry segments to discuss how practitioners conduct legal research within the sports industry.  

   ALR - Tax Law

This ALR gives students the opportunity to work with a variety of IRS documents, tax treaties, state tax law, and federal primary law materials while developing solutions to research scenarios. It is not required that students have taken a tax law course before taking the ALR – Tax course.