A session for GDL students on how to approach legal research.

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) prepares you to undertake your studies for the Bar. It equips you with knowledge and understanding of the law and the English legal system – but are you ready to research for moots, for your assessments – and for court?

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

Location: North Library, Gray’s Inn
Date and time: 29 September, 6pm
Who can attend: Open to GDL Students
Dress code:
Smart casual
Cost: Free

How to book

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

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Qualifying Session

Qualifying Session (QS):  1 QS

Theme: Legal knowledge, Justice and the Rule of Law

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe the services offered within Gray’s Inn library which can be accessed by student members
  • Undertake an orientation of the Gray’s Inn library
  • Conduct legal research under the guidance of the Inn’s library staff

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

Preparation required: No

Please see Qualifying Sessions for further information.

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