Arizona Legal Research was written for first-year law students, paralegals, or anyone who wants to know the basics of how to conduct legal research in Arizona. The book explains the process of legal research as a researcher would approach a problem "on the job." Specifically, Arizona Legal Research explains how to research Arizona secondary sources, constitutional law, statutes (including legislative history), administrative law, and cases. Arizona Legal Research also includes a chapter covering the basics of researching Indian and tribal law, which are important subjects to Arizona legal practitioners.
There are several updates to this edition that make Arizona Legal Research a helpful guide for students and practitioners who either work remotely or conduct research all online. First, the initial chapter explains the overall research process, including how to formulate a search and how to make cost-effective research plans. Second, each chapter highlights free online sources for research, while still providing guidance on pay research databases and books. Finally, one appendix contains a glossary of important legal research terms, and a second appendix reviews basic citation rules.
In addition, Arizona Legal Research explains the resources needed for researching federal law. Thus, it can be used as the sole text in a research course or in conjunction with texts focusing on topical or federal research.
This book is part of the Legal Research Series, edited by Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff, Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program, Concordia University School of Law.