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Sturgeon, Jill A.

Teaching Assistant Professor and Associate Director and Head of Public Services


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research overview

  • Professor Sturgeon's work focuses on legal research instruction, teaching stand alone research courses, and presenting on legal research in other courses. In addition, as a reference librarian, she is dedicated to serving library patrons, including students, faculty, and the public.


  • Law, Legal Research, Law Librarianship, Teaching/Instruction, Reference Materials



courses taught

  • LAWS 5646 - Foundations of Legal Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Designed to move students from the brief introduction to legal research offered in the first-year legal writing classes to the problem-centered research students will perform starting in the summer after their first year. Provides students with a conceptual understanding of the organization and connectivity of legal authority and with instruction in research methodology at both the project and resource levels.
  • LAWS 6836 - Special Topics in Legal Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Builds upon first-year legal research problem solving skills by exposing students to the nuances of research topics in a specialized topic and tracking related doctrinal classes, e.g., environmental and natural resources law.
  • LAWS 6856 - Advanced Legal Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Offers an in-depth look at research resources and methods. Includes sources from the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of federal and state government; research in topical areas such as environmental law, taxation, and international law; and extensive coverage of secondary and nonlaw resources. Covers both print and electronic sources. Students will have several assignments and a final project.
  • LAWS 6866 - Colorado Legal Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Surveys resources and methods to effectively research Colorado law. Covers primary and secondary resources including Colorado statutes, cases and digests, regulations, and constitution and practice materials. Covers how to research Colorado municipal law and other Colorado topics.


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