Assignment 4: Basics of Legal Research, Part 1

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Per the text, computers are playing an increasingly important role in the practice of law. Successful paralegals must be comfortable with using electronic databases and research tools.

 

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Discuss a paralegal’s ethical obligation to conduct competent electronic research. Provide two (2) examples of the potential consequences of inept electronic research practices.
  1. Determine whether or not traditional reference materials (e.g., State and Federal Reporters, West’s Encyclopedia, etc.) can be as current as electronic resources. Provide two (2) advantages and two (2) disadvantages to using traditional resource materials. 
  2. Use at least two (2) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

THIS IS PART 1.

 

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