Legal Methods

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Course Description

This course serves as the cornerstone of your legal education. You will use the skills you acquire in Legal Methods 1540 throughout law school and professional practice. Treaties, Indigenous legal systems, and the responsibilities articulated in Call to Action #28 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are woven into the readings assignments, class discussions and delivery of this course and are a foundation for developing as an ethical practitioner. Following completion of this course, you will have developed a basic understanding of the following: legal research, legal analysis, statutory interpretation, legal citation, legal writing, and professional standards and responsibilities. These skills will form the basis for the oral advocacy aspect of the course in the Winter Term when you will prepare and argue a motion before a mock court.

As future professionals, you are required to conduct yourselves professionally. You are expected to read the assigned materials, listen to recorded lectures in advance of the Friday morning synchronous small group meetings on Teams, complete the online modules, work respectfully with peers, and complete all course assignments.

Teaching Method

This course is scheduled to meet for three hours per week in the Fall Term and two hours per week in the Winter Term. For most weeks, only one hour of the scheduled meeting time will be synchronous.


This course is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis, and students must pass all quizzes, assignments, and in-person exercises in order to pass the course. Please note that attendance is mandatory.

Course Materials

Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 9th ed (Toronto: Carswell, 2018) [The “McGill Guide”]. $76.00

Maureen F Fitzgerald, Legal Problem Solving: Reasoning, Research and Writing, 8th ed (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2019) $110.00 (available used for $82.50)

Core Grammar for Lawyers: Order from . Select “[Non-US Location]” for your state and “Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba” for your school and type “MANITOBA” in the Access Code field to get the discounted price of US$28.

Additional resources on UMLearn: Each week we may post required statutory provisions, cases, articles, book chapters, videos, newspaper stories, etc that engage with the broad themes of this course and the skills you are developing. From time to time, we will also post optional content. Content will be clearly marked as mandatory or optional.