COMPLEMENTARY COURSE: "Research in legal databases"

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
1. Knowledge and understanding. The Course aims to provide students with a thorough and practical knowledge of the most common legal databases, both commercial and free. This will be done in real time in the classroom with the analysis of the most common contents and research methods. 2. Application of knowledge and understanding. The acquired notions will be of immediate theoretical and practical utility to improve the relationship between the user and the technologies used, and will allow a more accurate understanding of all aspects of digital legal research, an aspect now fundamental for the legal profession. 3. Formulation of judgments. The Course will provide students with the ability to choose at any time a correct use of the technologies and the environment in which they will operate, with independent evaluation approaches (and not necessarily linked to the product or to the "most used" software) and with a constant practical attention to a use of technologies that is useful in the future professional context. In particular, they will be able to tackle any legal database, or collection of legal documents, without any problems, and complete a search useful for the study or for the preparation of documents. 4. Communication skills. The Course will give students the opportunity to learn complex technological and computer-juridical issues and to expose and treat them with language properties and with clarity. 5. Learning skills. The Course aims to provide students with a concrete improvement in their IT-legal skills with a very rapid learning curve and with the possibility of immediately using, even outside the university context, the concepts learned. In particular, the learning will specifically concern the search for legal information in the most common databases. The Course has, also, the specific goal of giving students: a thorough knowledge of the legal databases, both from a technical point of view and with reference to the legal contents, on the assumption of the acquisition of the first basic elements, and notions, during the previous university career; the ability to critically address a problem of finding information in a very large database and resolve legal issues by re-elaborating the concepts learned and the information retrieved; strengthening the technical and IT language relevant to the subject, especially with reference to research operators and activities; the ability to link the different topics in order to elaborate useful proposals for the solution of concrete cases, also through practical online research carried out with the active participation of the students.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the Course the student who has successfully learned the subject will have an in-depth knowledge of the Course topics, with the acquisition of a reasoning method suitable for dealing with more specific and complex IT-legal subjects with respect to institutional notions and to search for data without problems and information in the most common legal databases.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The aim of the Course is to give students a correct approach to the use of databases by the lawyer, in order to significantly improve their IT-legal skills and their research strategies and to allow independent evaluation procedures, useful for the future professional context. The program will be divided into ten lessons of two hours each, during which the Professor will explain questions relating to: i) the most common legal databases, ii) the databases of our University, iii) online legal information, iv) the most common search methods, v) advanced research and logical operators, vi) the most common errors in legal research, vii) the De Jure database, viii) the Leggi d'Italia database, ix) Lexis-Nexis, xi ) bibliographic research, xii) e-book research, xiii) critical analysis of results,
· First lesson (2 hours): the most common legal databases.
· Second lesson (2 hours): the databases of our University.
· Third lesson (2 hours): online legal information.
· Fourth lesson (2 hours): the most common research activities.
· Fifth lesson (2 hours): advanced research and logical operators.
· Sixth lesson (2 hours): the most common mistakes in legal research.
· Seventh lesson (2 hours): the De Jure database.
· Eighth lesson (2 hours): the Leggi d'Italia database.
· Ninth lesson (2 hours): Lexis-Nexis and bibliographic research.
· Tenth lesson (2 hours): e-book search and critical analysis of results.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no particular pre-requisites for adequately addressing the contents of the course. The first lessons are, in fact, dedicated to an introduction to the themes that can guarantee a basic preparation for the whole class.
Teaching methods
The Course consists of 20 hours of classroom lessons held by the Professor.
Teaching Resources
The teaching materials will be communicated in class. In particular, students will have free access to the contents of the University's legal databases, on which they will be able to practice.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam takes place in the form of an exercise, in the classroom, at the end of the module.
IUS/20 - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Ziccardi Giovanni