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North Carolina Legal Research by Scott Childs, Sara SampsonNorth Carolina Legal Research is devoted to explaining the process of legal research for people searching for the law in North Carolina. The book uniquely incorporates North Carolina sources of law and related strategies into a logical legal research process. After initial discussions of legal research and analysis, and the research process, the book's chapters generally follow a basic research process including North Carolina administrative law, case law, statutory law and secondary sources. Additionally, methods of finding North Carolina legislative history, court rules, and rules of ethics are included in the text. While the book is substantially focused on the process of legal research incorporating North Carolina legal information sources, discussion of federal legal information sources is included when federal information would be relevant for research in North Carolina.
North Carolina Legal Research is designed for teaching legal research to students in law school, either in the first year or in an upper level research course; however, practitioners, paralegals, librarians, college students, and even laypeople might find it helpful. The book includes descriptions of a wide range of legal information sources including free government websites and lower cost websites, as well as premium online services and books.
The second edition is updated to focus on researching on the new generations of legal research databases such as Lexis Advance, WestlawNext, and Bloomberg Law.
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.