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Certificate in Advanced Legal Research

The Certificate in Advanced Legal Research provides students with the means of honing their research skills. Students who complete the certificate will be able to efficiently research advanced legal topics. Classes for the Certificate in Advanced Legal Research are offered in the Spring Semester.

Requirements for the Certificate in Advanced Legal Research

To earn the Certificate in Advanced Legal Research, a student must:

1. Attend ten advanced legal research classes;

2. Complete the post-class assignment for the ten (10) courses attended; and

3. Submit the post-class assignment by the specified deadline.

Requirements for the Certificate in Advanced Legal Research with a concentration in International Legal Research

To earn the Certificate in International Legal Research, a student must:

1. Attend all seven of the International Law Research Classes offered plus three of the other advanced legal research classes (10 classes in all);

2. Complete the post-class assignment for the ten (10) courses attended; and

3. Submit the post-class assignment by the specified deadline.

Spring 2015

Classes are one hour in length. Most classes are scheduled to occur during the lunch hour break from noon – 1pm. Multiple sessions of the classes are provided. Students only need to take one of the sessions per class. All classes are held in the Library Research Center located on the second floor of the library.

Core U.S. Law

Administrative Law Research I 
Dates Offered: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, and Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Instructor: Karina Condra
Level: Beginner
Administrative laws impact all areas of legal practice. In this first of two classes, you will learn the primary sources for regulations as well as how to update and track agency decisions.

Administrative Law Research II
Dates Offered: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, and Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
Instructor: Karina Condra
Level: Intermediate
Building off the first class, this class will focus on your tasks for performing research in a regulatory area. You will learn how to use government and agency websites to research and track agency decisions.  

Federal Legislative History
Dates Offered: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 and Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
Instructor: Peter Kersten
Level: Intermediate
Federal legislative history research is a favorite assignment for new attorneys.  Come to this session to learn how to identify, evaluate, and use the documents you need for performing effective and exhaustive research.

Colorado Legislative History
Dates Offered: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 and Friday, Feb.13, 2015
Instructor: Mark Popielarski
Level: Intermediate
State legislative history research can be very different than its federal counterpart. Knowing how to perform both effectively is a must for new attorneys. Come learn the process of Colorado legislative history in this session and how and where to locate the documents you need.

Subject Specific

Labor & Employment Law Research
Dates Offered: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 and Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Instructor: Mark Popielarski
Level: Intermediate
Conducting employment law research implicates many different types of legal material beyond what is covered in traditional law school classes. This workshop will introduce important key concepts, including specialized primary law and secondary materials, students can expect to encounter in this field.

Domestic Environmental Law Research
Dates Offered: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 and Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Instructor: Peter Kersten
Level: Intermediate
Environmental law is primarily based on statutes and regulations. Entering into the world of environmental regulations requires a good understanding of the law involved as well as the interplay between federal, state, and local laws. This session will provide students a solid background in the resources important to the environmental attorney and focus primarily on relevant practice materials that support the environmental attorney’s practice

Securities Law Research
Dates Offered: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015 and Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015
Instructor: Mark Popielarski
Level: Intermediate
The heavily regulated nature of the securities industry implicates some unique considerations in designing and implementing a legal research strategy. This workshop introduces students to SEC regulatory material, identifies and discusses other relevant federal and state agencies, and explains the relevance of Self-Regulatory Organizations (SROs) such as FINRA. The SEC’s publicly-traded company research platform, EDGAR, will receive significant treatment in the company research workshop.

Researching Public, Private, and Nonprofit Companies
Dates Offered: Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2015 and Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015
Instructor: Mark Popielarski
Level: Intermediate
Whether it’s negotiating a contract, preparing for litigation, or advising clients on a host of business-related issues, effectively conducting company research can play an important role in legal practice. Come and learn about resources, research strategies, and helpful tips to effectively perform company research.

*Mining Law Research *
Dates Offered: Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015 and Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015
Instructor: Peter Kersten
Level: Intermediate
This session will introduce students to resources available to understand the interplay between federal and state laws and regulations mining law attorneys consult to obtain mineral rights ownership, permits, leasing, and/or rights of access for their clients. Students will work hands-on with these resources to get a feel for navigating the complex area of mining law.

Transactional Law Research
Dates Offered: Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015 and Thursday, Apr. 2, 2015
Instructor: Mark Popielarski
Level: Intermediate
Students interested in becoming transactional attorneys will learn about the resources and strategies used in order to effectively practice law. Students will explore transactional-specific practice materials including forms, subject resources, and other tools for expediting and streamlining the transactional process.

Practice

State Practice Materials
Dates Offered: Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2015 and Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015
Instructor: Peter Kersten
Level: Intermediate
This session will help get you ready for that summer position, or help you prepare to practice. We’ve looked at the Colorado Practice Series before but now we will move beyond that into some higher level practice materials and manuals attorneys use in their work.

Keeping Current with the Law
Dates Offered: Monday, Apr. 13, 2015 and Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015
Instructor: Mark Popielarski
Level: Intermediate
An essential and challenging part of legal practice is keeping up-to-date with emerging/breaking developments. This session will introduce current awareness tools used by practitioners including BNA, bar publications, legal and nonlegal news sources, and other useful tools.

*Researching Court Dockets *
Dates Offered: Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2015 and Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015
Instructor: Peter Kersten
Level: Intermediate
Need to find that docket or a brief from recent litigation? Need to use Colorado’s new e-filing system? This session will help you do both. We will go over locating dockets and court documents along with using Colorado’s new e-filing system properly.

International & Comparative Law Classes

Treaty Research I
Dates Offered: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 and Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
Instructor: Karina Condra
Level: Intermediate In the first class of a two part class, the resources for Multilateral and Bi-lateral treaties will be explored. Come leran how to find travaux préparatoires and party information for international conventions.

Treaty Research II
Dates Offered: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 and Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Instructor: Karina Condra
Level: Intermediate
Treaties are primary laws that impact many cases. This class will introduce you to U.S. treaty research and resources.

UN Research
Dates Offered: Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 and Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Instructor: Karina Condra
Level: Intermediate
The UN ais one of the most complex intergovernmental organizations engaged in shaping international law. Learn how the UN is structured and which parts of the UN we, as lawyers, are most interested in.

EU Research
Dates Offered: Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 and Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Instructor: Karina Condra
Level: Intermediate
The EU has developed a standardized system of laws that apply to European member states. Learn what the EU is and how to locate EU legislation, case law and advisory opinions in this class.

International Environmental Law Research
Dates Offered: Monday, Mar. 2, 2015 and Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2015
Instructor: Karina Condra
Level: Intermediate
International Environmental Law is a complex body of law made up of global, international, and national sources of law. This class will introduce you to the resources and techniques for research in this area.

International Human Rights Law Research
Dates Offered: Monday, Mar. 9, 2015 and Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015
Instructor: Karina Condra
Level: Intermediate
Researchers in the field of international human rights must navigate a complex array of treaties, reports, case law and other documents. This session will provide you with the tools and strategies for researching human rights issues.

Foreign Legal Research
Dates Offered: Monday, Mar. 23, 2015 and Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015
Instructor: Karina Condra
Level: Intermediate
Researching the law of another legal jurisdiction can be frustrating. This class will minimize your frustration by showing you the best strategies, resources and tools for researching foreign laws.