Legal Research for Immigration Consultants

Course Code: BICC 150

Academic Year: 2023-2024

This course provides an Immigration Consultant student with foundational knowledge of how to conduct legal research of statutes, regulations and case law using different research media (books, loose-leaf services, and online research databases) with an emphasis on locating immigration statutes and decisions. More particularly during this course, students will become adept at conducting legal research on three of the most common legal databases: CanLII, Quicklaw and Westlaw. They will learn to utilize secondary sources such as annotated statutes, the Canadian Abridgment, and the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest. They will leave the course able to locate, update, and analyze case law from various immigration tribunals and federal courts. Students will further discover how to locate and update relevant regulations and statutes like the Immigration Refugee Protection Act.