The Research Process – Introduction

Approximate duration: 15 minutes

Description: Learn the importance of developing a good search strategy in order to quickly and effectively answer legal questions.

What Do You know?

Before starting this module, test your baseline knowledge with the following questions. You will receive basic feedback on your answers that will be further explained by the content in the module. Good luck! These questions are just for practice: your results will not be recorded by the system.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Organize the steps in your legal research using a model such as the FILAC method;
  • Identify the relevant facts and concepts in a problem and determine the legal question or issue to be answered;
  • Understand the importance of these initial steps and a methodical, flexible approach to legal research; and
  • Prepare to put a research plan into action.