District Syllabus
PLA1104
Legal Research And Writing I


Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: PLA1003 The Legal Profession
Catalog Description: This course emphasizes learning to use the law library, basic research of both common law and statutory sources, tools and techniques for research, and introduces legal writing culminating in the student writing a legal memorandum.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Association of Legal Writing Directors and Dickerson. ALWD Citation Manual, 4th ed., Aspen, 2010. ISBN: 9780735589308
  • Bouchoux. Legal Research & Writing for Paralegals, 6 ed., Aspen, 2011. ISBN: 9780735598652
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Delineate the overall structure and components of the basic law library.
  2. Identify the publisher of multiple given legal authorities.
  3. Explain, from multiple given components of the law library, how and when the same are kept up to date.
  4. Explain the various approaches to basic legal research.
Course Learning Outcomes:
To achieve these learning outcomes, the following will be performed:
    Demonstrate how to analogize the facts and law of one case to the facts of a given legal example.
  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of legal research as demonstrated by the writing of a memorandum on a given legal question.
  2. Explain the steps in finding the sources and reaching a conclusion for a question regarding common law.
Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the
instructor, within the polices of the college and the department.
Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed
by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.