Taking a process-oriented approach, Oregon Legal Research explains how to conduct research in Oregon cases, statutes, legislative history, constitutional law, and administrative law. Additional chapters describe the research process, secondary sources and practice guides, and updating research results. Print and online research techniques are integrated throughout the book. An appendix reviews citation to legal sources under Oregon court rules, the ALWD Manual, and the Bluebook, and the revised printing includes updated references to each citation manual.
Oregon Legal Research was designed specifically for teaching legal research to first-year law students. Others who will find it helpful include practitioners, paralegals, librarians, college students, and even laypeople. It is clearly written, making even complex ideas accessible.
Outlines of the research process and short excerpts from Oregon resources make the book easy to use. Updated web addresses point researchers to the many sources for finding free Oregon legal material online.
Concise explanations of resources needed for researching federal law and the law of other states are provided throughout. Thus, Oregon Legal Research can be used as a stand-alone text or in conjunction with a research text concentrating on federal law.
This revised edition updates online resources, including Oregon legislative, judicial, and administrative materials as well as Westlaw and Lexis resources. Recognizing that students are more visual learners, this edition includes more sample pages and screen shots. Discussion of legal analysis is, of course, included as a crucial element in legal research.
The second edition was originally published in 2007, the revised printing was completed in 2011, and a third edition is expected in the next year or two.
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.