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Thinking About Legal Research Problems  

Created by Paul D. Callister from earlier version at
Last Updated: Aug 5, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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Thinking about Legal Research Problems - Philosophy

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To work legal research you need some paradigms or mental constructs so that you see three things:

1.   A map of legal resources so that one can identify their relationship to one another and their best uses in solving problems.

2.   A constucts that help break down the problem and classify them by type.

3.   Constructs that match resources to problems and thet help with understanding the best processes for solving the prolems.


So What is a Construct?

Can you find Ursa Major? 

Image of night sky which includes Ursa Major constellation Night sky with several constellations (no outline of Ursa Major)

Mouse over for help from a "construct"?

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