Legal Research Training

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

Pupils

We have been running a legal research training course for new pupils each spring and autumn since 2013. This has consisted of three sessions, the first being an overview of the essentials of legal research, followed by sessions covering case law and legislation in more detail. The format and timing of the course is currently under review.

The dates and times of forthcoming sessions will be advertised on this site, as well as being on display in the Library.

We have also recorded the training session presentations so that they may be viewed at any time.

Legal Research Video

Session 1: Essentials of Legal Research

Session 2: Legal Research – Cases

Session 3: Legal Research – Legislation

Note: Session 1 was recorded in August 2014 and reflects database coverage and functionality at that date. Session 2 was recorded in October 2014 and reflects database coverage and functionality at that date. Session 3 was recorded in November 2014 and reflects database coverage and functionality at that date.

Students

The Library runs a Qualifying Session for new BPTC students in the autumn, which provides a basic introduction to legal research. The dates and times of the 2017 sessions will be advertised on this site later in the year.

Research Resources

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

Guide to Neutral Citations

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”?

JustCite Research Tips

Six tips for reading a judgment most effectively

The seven steps for effective legal research

More Information

If you would like more information about the training offered by the Library, please email trainingsessions@innertemple.org.uk