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Legal Research Training

The Library offers a range of training options for students, pupils and practising barristers. There are qualifying sessions, tailored events for pupils and one-to-ones for specific research issues.

“There was so much I learnt from your presentation”.

Library staff are not legally qualified so we cannot interpret materials but we can direct you to suitable resources and advise on search strategies.

Take a look at the calendar of events below or email us with your research requirements and we will do our best to assist.


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 are Wednesday 15 May and Wednesday 23 October via Zoom. Booking is via Eventbrite.


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.

Database Training Sessions

Lexis Training Sessions

Training sessions are on the first two Mondays in February. The first two Mondays in May will show up six weeks in advance with the same link:

Westlaw UK Advanced Certification Sessions

Please register for your place on any of the dates below:

Wednesday 8 May at 5.00pm

Wednesday 11 September at 5.00pm

Wednesday 13 November at 5.00pm

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