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Strategies for Success with Legal Research  

Steps for conducting efficient and effective legal research
Last Updated: Jun 30, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates


Review the facts

Carefully and thoroughly go over the facts of your situation. Answer: who, what, where, when, how?  If you cannot answer all of those questions, you may need additional information that could be obtained from your professor in an academic setting or from your boss in the legal setting.


1. What is the law?

Cause of action or legal theory? Is this a tort? Breach of contract? Is there a defense?


2. What is the issue?

Item, location, or subject matter?


3. Who is involved?

Persons or parties involved? Group, class or status of persons involved? What is their relationship to each other?  


4. What do you want?

Relief Sought. Money damages? Injunction? Criminal Penalties?     


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