Updated: Dec 6, 2020
Legal research is very important when it pertains to entrepreneurship. Normally when you're researching for yourself you're provided with a legal question. How you tackle it is the legal research itself. What's most important is finding out all the facts and dividing it from opinion. Only by having concrete evidence can you present it to the court and win your case.
However, there are some steps that legal researchers must go through to research things. These steps are very important; as they help you realize what you're looking for. Remember that all of this is to win your case, thus it's imperative to further enhance your knowledge of the law surrounding your case.
Plan your research
There's no merit in going into something completely blind. At best, you'll find some leads, but for the majority of it, you'll simply be wasting your time. The first step is to always plan out your path. You never want to go in blind instead by having a plan you'll have a better idea of the information you're seeking. Unfortunately, it's the most overlooked step.
Untangle the problem
The problem that you'll receive will most likely be a mess. There will be a lot of valuable information inside it, but it will be hard to untangle it to find what you're seeking. You should first read and analyze all the facts that you can decipher from it. Review all the information and separate any key information that comes out as vaguely useful. This allows you to realize what exactly you're about to conduct legal research in.
Piece all the issues together
Once you have the key issues identified, you can piece them together to form a bigger image. This allows you to fill all the gaps that you might have in your knowledge. A legal researcher must be aware of how much information they lack, and thus properly conduct research to fill those gaps.
Write the plan down
It's also important to keep this plan written. Just finding it out will most likely lead you to forget key details later. By having a detailed plan written down, you can go through it step by step, until you reach your conclusion. It also helps you track where you've been and for what purpose.
The last step is the most important one. Keep notes of everything you do for the legal research. Sometimes the most important information is in the mundane of stuff. By having notes on everything, you'll have an easier time understanding when you're later going through everything.
By following these steps, you'll be able to conduct legal research easily.
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