Get Your Story Straight: The Basics of Legal Research

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Eastern

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Learn how to research court cases, understand legal terms, and make sense of civil or criminal procedures.


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True crime tales are fascinating, as are stories of major civil trials. But even smaller, more personal stories can contain legal elements: for example, stories about divorce and custody battles, about property disputes, or about inheritances.

But navigating the legal system can be intimidating—where do you find laws? How can you get a court transcript? What facts are available to you, and under what circumstances? How can an untrained writer do legal research?

In this webinar, we’ll consider the many tools available to writers who want to explore some facet of the legal system. We’ll break down passages that make expert use of legal research components and consider strategies for researching civil or criminal cases.

In this webinar, you will:

  • DISCOVER sources for learning legal terminology
  • LEARN the ins and outs of researching civil and criminal cases, both at the trial and appellate level
  • EXAMINE works of nonfiction that artfully integrate legal research components

There will be time for a Q & A at the end of the presentation.

This webinar is ideal for writers of any narrative with a legal or courtroom component.

All registrants receive a recording.

Closed captioning will be available.

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