Kansas Legal Research is the first book of its kind devoted to the resources and strategies needed to research Kansas state law. This legal research textbook is designed for first-year and upper level law students, librarians, paralegals, undergraduate students researching Kansas law, and even lay people. Kansas practitioners and others who need to be familiar with Kansas legal resources will also want this book in their library.
Taking a process-oriented approach, the book focuses on how to research the primary sources of law such as the constitution, statutes, cases, and rules and regulations. It explains to the researcher how to research these sources both in print and in electronic format. The book also focuses on how to research sources of law usually covered in an advanced legal research course, such as legislative history and legal ethics. Additional chapters describe the research process and research strategies. Appendices include legal citation rules and a list of Kansas practice materials.
Kansas Legal Research is clearly written, making even complex ideas accessible. Outlines of the research process and short excerpts from Kansas resources make the book easy to use. Web addresses point researchers to the many sources for finding free Kansas legal material online.
The book also provides concise explanations of resources needed for researching federal law and the law of other states. As a result, Kansas Legal Research can be used as a stand-alone text or in conjunction with a research text concentrating on federal law.
This book is part of the Legal Research Series, edited by Suzanne E. Rowe, Director of Legal Research and Writing, University of Oregon School of Law.