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Learn essential legal research skills

At the start of your legal career, you could spend up to a third of your time conducting legal research. To succeed, you must be able to find answers quickly, and be confident that the information you provide is accurate and complete.

That’s why we created the Justis Academy – a half-day course to master practical legal research skills and enhance your employability. Starting in London this summer, the Academy is open to all law students and trainee practitioners. It’s delivered in partnership with Ruth Bird, former Bodleian Law Librarian at the University of Oxford, and Emily Allbon, creator of Lawbore and Senior Lecturer at the City Law School (City, University of London).

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What you’ll learn

Sources of law

Distinguish between different sources of law and understand the hierarchy of information


Confidently assess the reliability and currency of information on various databases

Search techniques

Develop search strategies to confidently identify all relevant documents  


Use citations to locate a document and determine its potential value as precedent


Understand the legal research process and how to make an efficient plan

Avoid common errors

Learn the dos and don’ts of legal research and when Google can’t provide the answer  

Law reports & databases

Gain a deeper understanding of the differences between law reports, publishers and resources


Gain tips for how to approach more complex legal problems and obscure questions

Stay up to date

Learn how to stay up to date with key developments in the law

Accreditation & benefits

Exclusively for attendees, you will receive a free one-year subscription to JustisOne UK core – Justis’ flagship legal research platform to support the development of your research skills. You will also receive an accreditation from Justis to validate your attendance and showcase your skills for your training contract, pupillage or related job applications.

Meet the experts

The main event will be hosted by Ruth Bird, former Bodleian Law Librarian, University of Oxford, with over 10 years’ experience in private practice. Ruth was a member of the Council of BIALL, and was Vice President of the International Association of Law Libraries. Ruth is an Honorary Bencher at Middle Temple.

Ruth will be joined by Emily Allbon, Senior Lecturer, Programme Director for the LLB in Legal Practice and Director of Mooting at City, University of London; creator of the award-winning Lawbore law resource website, and named one of 55 National Teaching Fellows in 2013 by Higher Education Academy – the UK’s most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching.

When, where and who should attend?

The Academy is open to law and non-law students, recent graduates and trainee practitioners, as well as any one who will benefit from an enhanced knowledge of legal research skills. To find out more information, or to discuss attending the academy contact hello@justis.com

Our first academy will be on Tuesday 4th July 2017 2.00-5.00pm, the Brockway room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.

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Organised by Justis

Established in 1986, Justis has been at the forefront of the legal information industry for 30 years. We provided the first ever case law database on CD-ROM, were the first commercial database provider to partner with the European Commission to create a platform for accessing EU law, and the first to provide case law as exact replica PDFs.

Today our latest research platform, JustisOne, is improving the way you access and analyse case law and legislation. Justis is trusted by law firms, barristers, government departments and academic institutions in over 40 countries.

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Register your interest today and we’ll send you details of future Academy events. For more information about the academy, or if you are interested hosting the Academy at your law schools or practice, please contact hello@justis.com.

Your one-year free subscription to JustisOne will run for one calendar year starting 10/7/17. Only on completion of the Justis Academy will participants qualify for the accreditations and benefits. The JustisOne subscription will include the UK core content. A new subscription can only be associated with an email and contact details that are not currently associated with an existing subscription. The subscription for one user only, intended for participants and is not to be shared or distributed to others.