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Legal Research Training

The Library offers legal research training in group sessions and on a one-to-one basis for pupils, students and barristers.


We have been running a legal research training course for new pupils each spring and autumn since 2013.

The date of the autumn session on the essentials of legal research will be advertised later in the year.


The Library runs a Qualifying Session for new Bar Course students in the autumn, which provides a basic introduction to legal research. The 2020 sessions will be run twice as part of the Inn’s Advocacy Day on 19 September and once as a separate event on the evening of 20 October.

Research Resources

Other research resources produced by the Library which pupils and students may find useful include:

Guide to Neutral Citations (PDF)

Preparing for Pupillage – Legal Research Tips (PDF)

Starting Legal Research – A Guide for Students (PDF)

Using Connectors and Boolean Operators with the Main Legal Databases (PDF)

Legal Research FAQs (on UK and EU case law and legislation, treaties and parliamentary publications).

Guides to online services (Justis, Lawtel, Lexis and Westlaw).

ICLR Research Tips

What’s the difference between a “law report” and a “transcript”?

More Information

If you would like more information about the training offered by the Library, please email