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A session for Bar Course students on how to approach legal research.

Legal research is a core skill you will need to master to be ready for your Bar course, and for practice. Quickly and effectively researching the answer to a legal question is essential to barristers, and to those studying for the Bar.

Do you know where to start, what resources to use, how to find your way from commentary to primary sources? Do you know how to locate cases and statutes on a topic online, and how to make sure your findings are up-to-date?

In this session with law librarian Andy Horton, you will learn how to approach legal research, what materials to use and why, and how to effectively and quickly find and update the case law and statutes you will need to advise clients and represent them in court. Along the way, you’ll learn about which reports to cite, and how to make the most of what Lexis and Westlaw have to offer.

Event details

This event is open to Bar Course Students.

Registration Location: Library

Registration: 5.45pm

Dress Code: Casual

Cost: Free

Qualifying Sessions 

Qualifying Session (QS):  1 QS

This QS relates to the following elements of the Professional Statement for Barristers: 1.5, 1.11, 1.13

Theme: Legal knowledge, Justice and the Rule of Law

Learning outcomes:

  1. Learn the principles of practical legal research.
  2. Conduct legal research under the guidance of the Inn’s library staff.
  3. Understand how to undertake practical legal research using the professional resources at Gray’s Inn Library.

Preparation required: No

Interactive: Yes

To be awarded the QS for this event you are required to join the event on time  and stay for the full duration of the event. Please enter your full name when joining the event so that we can record attendance and update the QS records accordingly. This can take up to two weeks.

Please see Qualifying Sessions for further information.

How to book

Book online via the Gray’s Inn Online System (GIOS).

Contact the Education Department with any questions regarding the programme.

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