Spring 2016 or Winter Intersession Initial Class Assignment for:

Internet Legal Research

Instructor: Dr. Steiner

First class date: Monday, Jan. 11th

Posting date: Dec 23, 2015 @ 13:41:10

Instructions:

Do all these things before we meet on Monday, January 11th.
1.  Read for the first day, chapters 1, 3-6, and 10 of Scroggs and 
Waters, Free Internet Legal Research (for the second day, read 
chapters 2 and 9).  The book should be in the bookstore by 
Wednesday, January 4th or so.  
2.  Register at PACER for Case Search Only, 
www.pacer.gov/reg_pacer.html.
    You have to provide a credit card when you register but PACER 
doesn't bill for usage under $10 per quarter and we will be under 
that limit.
3.  Register for Online Services at the Harris County District 
Clerk website, 
www.hcdistrictclerk.com/edocs/public/NewUserAcknowledgement.aspx 
4.  Register for email newsletters for a particular practice area 
at both Findlaw and Justia.  You will have to register but 
registration is free at both sites (newsletters.findlaw.com/; 
law.justia.com/subscribe).  Pick a practice area that might be 
useful to you.
5.  Pick two legal blogs to follow. Pick two that you aren't 
already familiar with and might actually be useful to you.  Be 
sure to pick blogs with frequent posts.  For a selection 
of blogs, try the ABA Blawg Directory (www.abajournal.com/blawgs/)
or the list compiled by the State Bar of Texas (Google: State Bar 
Texas Law Blogs).
6.  Before the first class, send me an email (msteiner@stcl.edu) 
explaining your choices of newsletters and blog.
Class will be held in the large computer lab on the third floor of 
the library. We start at 9:00. 

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