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Legal Research Manual

This edition of Legal Research Manual builds on many previous editions. While the manual is designed principally for use with the first year legal research classes, upper year law students will also find it a useful reference.


In this chapter, the steps involved in actually researching and writing a legal memorandum on a particular issue are considered in some detail. This chapter assumes a familiarity with the tools of legal research which are outlined in following chapters.

It is important to know the purpose for which the research is required. For example, the research may be required for a legal memorandum which analyzes the relevant legal principles and applies those to the particular fact situation. Research and legal analysis are integral to each other and are developed simultaneously. Knowing that you must write a legal memorandum frames the amount and type of legal research and analysis required.