Course Details

Research in Law, Business & Technology

This one-credit course will provide you with the necessary tools to conduct basic legal, business, and technology research and evaluate the quality of materials and documents you encounter in each discipline. Legal research is a unique skill in and of itself and is distinct from other forms of research in that it involves identifying and assessing relevant cases, statutes, and administrative materials so that you can develop, evaluate and review legal concepts and theories. Business research, meanwhile, focuses on locating company, industry, and consumer market information, as well as examining financial statements and the financial and funding marketplaces. Finally, technology research, particularly in the intellectual property arena, involves identifying owners, licensees, and assignees of intellectual property rights including patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as the identification and evaluation of similar intellectual property concepts and processes such as research into “prior art” in patent law. The course will explore both commercial database resources and freely accessible Internet-based resources used in each of these fields of research, and special attention will be given to the modern trend of utilizing big data and analytics. No pre-requisites Assessment will be based on in-class exercises and projects as well as out-of-class individual and group assignments. Students will work on individual assignments and will be organized into working groups to work collaboratively on in-class exercises and a final project that will involve both a written work product and an oral presentation. All required reading materials will be posted on Canvas.

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 950-0
Additional Course Information: Course required for MSL degree,  MSL students only


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Research in Law, Business & Technology
Faculty: Pike, George H. (courses | profile)
Bowman, Ronald Jesse
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 36     Actual: 33

Fall 2017
Title: Research in Law, Business & Technology
Faculty: Pike, George H. (courses | profile)
Bowman, Ronald Jesse
Section: 2     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 36     Actual: 33

Spring 2017
Title: Research in Law, Business & Technology
Faculty: Pike, George H. (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 16

Fall 2016
Title: Research in Law, Business & Technology
Faculty: Pike, George H. (courses | profile)
Bowman, Ronald Jesse
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 21

Fall 2016
Title: Research in Law, Business & Technology
Faculty: Pike, George H. (courses | profile)
Bowman, Ronald Jesse
Section: 2     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 21