December 2014 LACBA MCLE Test and Answer Sheet

Test No. 241: Re-Searching

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Test Sheet

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1. A good first step when researching a legal issue is to type relevant key words into Westlaw or Lexis.

2. A good first step in legal research is to consult a secondary source.

3. When starting to identify relevant cases, narrowing one's search to key numbers or headnotes is typically more efficient than a general key word search.

4. Secondary sources include materials that summarize or analyze the law, such as California Jurisprudence 3d.

5. When selecting a secondary source in an unfamiliar area, it is a good idea to start with a multivolume treatise.

6. KeyCite or Shepard's should be used at the end of a research project when checking the status of a case and earlier to help locate other relevant authority.

7. One can use a research guide to identify primary and secondary sources in the area of law one is researching.

8. A good way to locate a relevant research guide is to search Google for "[area of law] research guide."

9. Most practitioners in Los Angeles do not have easy access to a reference librarian.

10. It is often quite expensive to subscribe to or purchase a recognized secondary source.

11. County law libraries in California charge attorneys a fee for on-site access to databases like Westlaw and Lexis.

12. Reviewing the contents of a relevant section of the shelf at a law library is a good way to get a sense of the treatises, practice guides, and other sources available on a given subject.

13. Using an index to identify relevant sections of a treatise or code is functionally the same as doing an online key word search of a database containing that treatise or code.

14. Key Numbers are useful for identifying relevant cases without the uncertainty and laboriousness of key word searching.

15. Relevant Key Numbers can be identified from any of the following sources: West's Annotated Code, relevant cases on Westlaw, and some secondary sources published by West.

16. Lexis' Topics and Headnotes system allows one to search for potentially relevant cases assigned to a given headnote or topic.

17. By using established research tools like digests, annotated codes, and secondary sources, one can safely forgo key word searching on databases like Westlaw or Lexis entirely.

18. LegalTrac is a useful database for reading law review articles.

19. It is advisable to search for relevant cases first, before moving on to statutes.

20. When one knows only the popular name of a federal statute, the best way to find that statute in the U.S. Code is to search on the Internet for that name as a phrase.

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* The Los Angeles County Bar Association has been approved as a continuing legal education provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. This self-assessment activity will qualify for Minimum Continuing Legal Education legal ethics credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one hour.