Legal Research Training

Practical Legal Research Qualifying Session

The Library delivers a Qualifying Session in practical legal research.  Attendees will carry out mock research tasks to gain practical experience together with advice and tips on using online and hardcopy legal resources.  The session runs three times a year, currently in March, June and September.  Please see booking Qualifying Sessions for further information regarding how to book.

Ask a Librarian and Subject Guides

Members of the Library team are also happy to offer advice and assistance with legal research at any time.  If you have already started your research and need additional guidance in finding and using legal resources, or if you are new to a certain area of law, please ask at the enquiry desk, or contact the Library. We have also created eight Subject Guides based on selected specialisms.  The Guides provide suggestions for key textbook reading, list important journal and law report series, and highlight useful organisations and free online resources. 

Online Database Training

Throughout the year the Library hosts database training sessions provided by the major legal publishers. The sessions are led by experienced external trainers.   

Upcoming training sessions will be advertised on this page, in the Library Bulletin and on the Inn's Facebook and Twitter pages. 

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, training sessions are now offered remotely from the major legal database providers.

Westlaw / Practical Law / Lawtel

  • Thursday 14th January 2021 – 4-5pm
  • Thursday 18th February 2021 – 4-5pm
  • Thursday 18th March 2021 – 4-5pm

Further dates can be provided by the trainer Ryan Winham by emailing him directly, in the first instance please contact the Library and the link to join the above sessions and the email address for the trainer will be provided to you.

    Free Training Materials on the Web

    Most of the major legal databases offer free online database training videos, which should provide you with an introduction to material we subscribe to in the Library.