To analyze your legal research problem means to think about what it is asking.
For some legal research problems this is straightforward such as finding cases that consider an identified legislation section, or finding the current BC cases on an already narrowed specified point.
For other legal research problems you will have to analyze it. In general, the following procedure is useful:
- Read your legal research problem carefully.
- Identify the relevant facts, including the appropriate jurisdiction(s)
- Identify the general area(s) of law involved: e.g., criminal, constitutional
- Identify the issues
- Consider and state any legal principles you already know that apply to these issues
You can refer to your LRW course materials or one of the Research Guides listed in this one for fuller discussions of how to analyze legal research problems.