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Evening classes enabling you to master practical legal research skills and enhance your employability. Our next academy is taking place in London on the 10th and 11th October. Limited availability.

Achieve more

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 – enabling you to master practical legal research skills and enhance your employability.

You’ll also receive a one-year Justis subscription to help you continue your legal research beyond the Academy.

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Learn from experts

The Academy is 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). We run a beginners and an advanced session, and the Academy is open to all students, law and non-law.

Every Academy attendee will gain an official accreditation from Justis on completion of either the Beginners or Advanced Academy.

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Essential skills for every law student

Strategies

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

Law reports & databases

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

Accuracy

Confidently assess the reliability and currency of information on various databases

Creativity

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

Avoid common errors

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

Search techniques

Develop search strategies to confidently identify all relevant documents  

Stay up to date

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

Sources of law

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

Citations

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

Choose your Academy

We will be hosting two evening academies so that you can attend the one best suited to your current abilities. The Beginners session will refresh your knowledge of case law and legislation. It is recommended for law students in first or second year of university and for anyone who would like a stronger understanding of the fundamentals.

The Advanced academy includes a quick refresher and practical exercises designed to prepare you for the sorts of tasks you’d face in practice. You should have a good understanding of case law and legislation and basic research skills, and be ready to put your knowledge to the test. This session is recommended for final year law students and upwards. We also recommend you bring a laptop along for the practice exercises to ensure you get the most out of the session.

What's included

All attendees will gain a one-year subscription for JustisOne (usually £840 per year, per person) giving you access to the UK core which includes the largest collection of UK superior court judgments available online and all the advanced features on the platform.

At the session you attend, you will be given the Justis Academy handbook written by Ruth Bird and Emily Allbon. Following completion of the Academy, you’ll gain an official accreditation from Justis Publishing for your attendance – a great addition to your CV and job applications as it demonstrates your commitment to furthering your skills.

We will also be giving out some Justis freebies on the day. See important information for more details.

Beginners

The beginners session will refresh your knowledge of case law and legislation, and cover how these materials are approached in practice. By the end of the session you will have an in-depth knowledge of the sources of law, the hierarchy of information, the authority of law reports, be confident with citations, understand the legal research process, have learnt about legal research strategies, and gained tips for how to approach more complex legal problems.

We recommend the beginners session for those who are in first or second year of university and for anyone who would like a stronger understanding of the fundamentals.

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Details

Tuesday 10th October 2017, 5.00-7.00pm
Tickets: £30.00

The City Law School
City, University of London
4 Gray’s Inn Place
London WC1R 5DX

Advanced

The advanced session will refresh your knowledge of legal materials, discuss research strategies and then focus on working through practical exercises. The exercises will include questions on the format of a judgment or act, finding relevant authorities for topical issues, and addressing a hypothetical client matter that you may be required to prepare when working as a trainee. This is an excellent opportunity to strengthen your research skills to help you excel in practice.

You should have a good understanding of case law and legislation and basic research skills, and be ready to put your knowledge to the test. We recommend this session for final year law students and upwards.

Register now

Details

Wednesday 11th October 2017, 5.00-7.00pm
Tickets: £30.00

The City Law School
City, University of London
4 Gray’s Inn Place
London WC1R 5DX

For the Advanced Academy, we strongly recommend you bring a laptop along for the exercises, as this will ensure you get the most out of the session. 

Meet the experts

The Academy 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.

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.

Important information

To receive all or any of the benefits and accreditation described here you must purchase a ticket in full and attend the full academy. You must also be a student studying within the UK with a valid email address. Please ensure you have proof of your current student status. Justis freebies and Handbooks are subject to availability. The academy will be postponed if attendance is considered low. In the unlikely event this occurs you will receive a full refund. Otherwise Justis Academy tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are also non-transferable. Please contact us before purchasing a ticket if you have any questions.

Your one-year free subscription to JustisOne will run for one calendar year starting after the Academy date (12/10/2017). Only on completion of the Justis Academy will participants qualify for the accreditation 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. Only students studying within the UK, with proof of current student status will qualify for the subscription.

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