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Legal Research

A required course in the Paralegal Certificate Program.

Course Description

Examine the legal research process. Sources of legal authority, use of mandatory and persuasive authority, use of primary and secondary authority, use of print and electronic research tools, and the reliability of legal authority will be explored.

This course requires significant time outside the classroom to complete assignments.

NOTE: This course has live sessions via Zoom. Students should plan to attend all Zoom sessions. If a student is unable to attend a session, a recording will be available. The Zoom meeting link and password to join will be provided in the course. A device with audio and visual will be needed to participate. The following student guide provides additional resources/information on how to use and access the course’s Zoom sessions.

Successful completion of a qualifying assignment within this course offers you the opportunity to earn an Alternative Digital Credential (ADC). Also referred to as a digital badge, an ADC is a virtual record of specific skills and competencies you have acquired and provides a verifiable way for you to share your educational achievements with employers, colleagues and others via social platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Click here to view the Legal Research and Analysis badge opportunity presented with this course and explore the necessary criteria to earn the ADC. Learn more about Alternative Digital Credentials and how they can help you demonstrate your commitment to professional development and distinguish yourself in a competitive job market.

  • Details
  • $699
  • March 27, 2023 to June 04, 2023
  • Delivery Mode: Remote
  • Reg#: 00155
  • ID/Units: SOC SCI X473.2  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: SPRING 2023
includes fees for Westlaw & LexisNexis passwords


Kara A. Nunez, Esq. is a licensed attorney in good standing with the California State Bar. She brings years of litigation experience from her time working at one of the top law firms in the country. Her practice focused on both insurance defense litigation and family law. Prior to practicing law, Kara taught courses offered at the University of California Santa Cruz and the Vista and Oceanside Unified School Districts. Kara is passionate about teaching and has returned to the classroom share her legal education and experience.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

Required Textbook(s):

Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals
Book - ISBN: 9781543801637
Deborah E. Bouchoux, 9 ed, Wolters Kluwer

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START03/27/2023Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
OL-LEC03/29/2023Wednesday6:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC04/05/2023Wednesday6:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC04/12/2023Wednesday6:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC04/19/2023Wednesday6:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC04/26/2023Wednesday6:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/03/2023Wednesday6:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/10/2023Wednesday6:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/17/2023Wednesday6:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/24/2023Wednesday6:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/31/2023Wednesday6:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
END06/04/2023Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---