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LRAW Research Fall 2024

Learning Outcomes: State Statutes

Upon completing this State Statutes unit, you will be able to:

  • Explain the legislative process and stages of publication of a South Carolina statute;
  • Use a South Carolina statute's history line to identify the law that enacted it, when it was amended, and its location in previous codes;
  • Find South Carolina bills, session laws, and statutes;
  • Describe how the S.C. Code Annotated is organized topically by title, chapter, and section and recognize that other state codes may be arranged differently;
  • Find state statutes by citation, by popular name, and by subject using an index;
  • Construct keyword searches to find state statutes in online databases;
  • Use a table of contents to find related state statutes and to evaluate the overall statutory scheme;
  • Find relevant procedural and court rules and provisions of the South Carolina Constitution using the S.C. Code Annotated;
  • Use state annotated codes to find references to related statutes and regulations as well as relevant cases and secondary sources;
  • Describe the process of updating state statutes using pocketparts, paper supplements, free Internet sources and commercial databases;
  • Use citators to identify pending legislation, recent amendments, or the repeal of a statute as well as to find relevant cases and secondary sources that have cited a state statute;
  • Interpret the flags and signals used by the major citators to update state statutes;
  • Cite state statutes using the Bluebook and local court rules; and
  • Analyze a state statute and determine its relevancy to a particular legal issue in the context of a specific set of facts.