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Off-Campus Programs

8695 College Parkway
Suite 1181
Ft. Myers, FL 33919

Phone #s: all area codes are 239
Continuing Education: 425-3270
Institute of Government: 425-3271
Renaissance Academy: 425-3272
Fax:  425-3260

Legal Research and Writing

 
 

Advanced Legal Research & Writing Certificate Course

This Course features advanced and specialized approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library, and elsewhere. The conceptual differences between computer-assisted legal research and hard copy research will be taught. Students will also learn how to formulate WESTLAW search queries and effectively and efficiently use WESTLAW and other online legal research methods as timesaving devices in legal research and legal writing.

This course is designed to examine more thoroughly advanced and specialized approaches to utilizing the legal sources available in the law library and online sources available on the law library and online.

Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.  Remember to  register under Florida Gulf Coast University on the http://www.legalstudies.com website.

Lesson 1: Legal Authorities and Citations.
Lesson 2: Legal Analysis.
Lesson 3: Westlaw® online legal research.
Lesson 4: The Legal Memorandum of Law.
Lesson 5: Manual Legal Research.
Lesson 6: Types of Legal Writing.

The course is available online in 7-week sessions / 6 times per year at the tuition price of $729.  This course is entirely separate from the ALR advanced topic that is part of the Advanced Paralegal Course.  Students should have already completed the core paralegal course or have worked as a paralegal for at least a year to take this course.   Westlaw is required in addition to (2) textbooks.

Advanced legal Research & Writing Certificate Online Course Schedule
2014 Session 1:
January 13 - February 28, 2014
2014 Session 2:
March 10 - April 25, 2014
2014 Session 3:
May 5 - June 20, 2014
2014 Session 4:
June 30 - August 15, 2014

The program is offered by FGCU and The Center for Legal Studies. For more information visit the website at http://www.legalstudies.com/courses/alrw.html or call Stephanie Elio 1-800-522-7737 for immediate assistance.

The Center for Legal Studies features in a live lecture format the same Advanced Legal Research & Writing Certificate Course that has been offered online at colleges and universities throughout the nation. This course is designed to examine more thoroughly advanced and specialized approaches to utilizing the legal sources available in the law library and online.