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, complete the online modules, work respectfully with peers, and complete all course assignments.