Designing a Legal Research Strategy

The explosion of freely available information through the internet has provided researchers with access to a wider range of sources than ever before. However, such access has also created difficulties for researchers as regards conducting research efficiently and effectively by using only reliable sources. This workshop provides participants with the skills to identify legal issues, source authority, and to creatively use this research to propose creative solutions for the client. Specifically, the purpose of this training is to:

  • Inculcate a disciplined research ethos within the organisation
  • Highlight the benefits of acquiring such discipline
  • Implement a ‘step-by-step’ best practice approach towards good research
  • Create ‘institutional memory’ regarding good research practice through the creation and maintenance of contemporaneous records

This module is aimed at junior associates.

Some key topics that are explored during this session include: 

 

  • Identify key issues requiring research
  • Utilise key search terms – the ‘funnel approach’
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources
  • Read and understand case law:
    • What case law applies?
    • Has the case been reversed or overruled?
    • Interpreting court judgments
  • Read and understand legislative sources:
    • Is the legislation still in force?
    • Has it been amended or repealed?
    • Interpreting statutory provisions
  • Effectively use electronic resources
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Recording of research
  • Presenting of research

3 hour online video.