Welcome to the Law Research Guide
Use this guide to learn the simple methods you can use to undertake legal research.
What is legal research?
Legal research is all about finding the evidence. Using evidence will support your arguments, statements and analysis with authority. Many law assignments will have a legal research component.
Why should I learn it?
Learning how to undertake legal research is an essential skill for law students. Learning how to search, find and select resources will help you find the best quality evidence in the least amount of time. Legal research skills will not only be valuable through your studies, they are skills that you can use in your current or future professional roles.
How do I learn to do legal research?
Start by using this guide, each page will introduce you to a new topic. On this guide you will be able to read about the principles of legal research, you will be able to watch video demonstrations of searching and you will be able to try practical activities. Legal research is a practical skill, so the more you practice the more experience and skill you will have.
What will I learn from this guide?
This guide will give you the basic legal research skills. By working through this guide you will learn;