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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 dates of the next sessions on legal research will be:

An Overview for Pupils on 25 October. Please register via Eventbrite.

Researching Non-UK Law on 8 November. Please register via Eventbrite.

Please contact us if you require training before these dates.


The Library runs a Qualifying Session for new Bar Course students in the autumn, which provides a basic introduction to legal research.

One-to-One Training

Library staff can provide one-to-one training on a range of topics. We can: provide overviews of Westlaw and Lexis Library; suggest relevant resources for specific subject areas; explain neutral citations and show you how to decipher legal abbreviations and so much more.

Contact outlining the training you would like and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Research Resources

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

Guide to Neutral Citations or (PDF)

Preparing for Pupillage – Legal Research Tips (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 (Lexis+, vLexJustis 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