2010 December

Learning law research: top tips from a top city firm

December, 17, 2010 • Posted by 0 Comments

In her invaluable article for ‘Legal Information Management’, ‘Law firm legal research – what trainees need to know’, Caroline Tuckwell gives us the best legal research tips that are taught to trainees by top city firm Herbert Smith. These are based on asking partners, associates and professional support lawyers within the firm for their criticisms […]

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Law research at Melbourne Law School

December, 17, 2010 • Posted by 0 Comments

In her article ‘Life-long learning’ for Legal Information Management, Natalie Wieland examines how legal research is taught at Melbourne University. “Melbourne Law School recognises that teaching legal research is just as critical in the computer age as it has always been. In September 2008 I was employed in the position of Legal Research Skills Adviser, […]

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Law research skills on the LPC

December, 17, 2010 • Posted by 0 Comments

When starting the LPC, students are expected to have a good level of legal research skills attained during their studies on the LL.B or Graduate Diploma in Law. The Solicitors Regulation Authority publishes useful guidance on what a student is expected to know and understand on starting the LPC, including in relation to legal research:

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Law research skills for barristers

December, 17, 2010 • Posted by 1 Comments

What law research skills do barristers require? Mark Haines explains: To succeed at the bar, a barrister will need to be a confident and accomplished independent legal researcher. Whereas solicitors in commercial firms will often have trainees or paralegals to perform basic research tasks for them, the norm at the Bar is for most barristers […]

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Legal research skills for newly qualified lawyers

December, 15, 2010 • Posted by 0 Comments

What legal research skills do newly qualified lawyers need when joining a firm? Mary Rumsey proposes the following:

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How to carry out legal research – working the problem

December, 15, 2010 • Posted by 1 Comments

In ‘Thinking like a research expert’, Paul Callister suggests that “working the problem” is something like learning to conduct a good reference interview or completing a writing assignment in middle school. A heuristic model, such as a checklist, can be helpful, but the most important task is to think through the problem and learn as […]

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Legal research assessment: take a multifaceted approach

December, 15, 2010 • Posted by 0 Comments

In ‘Legal Research Assessment’, author SImon Canick recommends “a multifaceted approach” to teaching legal research, recommending that tutors select assessment tools to suit course objectives to keep students engaged in the process and to ensure that they become stronger, more confident legal researchers.

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Legal research for written advocacy

December, 14, 2010 • Posted by 0 Comments

In ‘Writing to win: the art and science of compelling written advocacy’, Lawrence D. Rosenberg sets out a comprehensive guide to planning, researching and writing a winning argument. On legal research, Rosenberg says:

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‘Legal research in the age of open law’: extract

December, 14, 2010 • Posted by 0 Comments

In her article ‘Legal research in the age of open law’, Constance Ard presents a compilation of US law resources that are available for online (US) legal research. These are below:

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Free and low cost legal research resources (US)

December, 14, 2010 • Posted by 0 Comments

Shawn G. Nevers teaches legal research and is a research librarian at the Howard W. Hunter Law Library at Brigham Young University. In his article for the Student Lawyer, he suggests a selection of free and low cost legal research sources for the US including:

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