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Keeping up to date with the law, for law students

Keeping up to date with the law, for law students

Posted by david-hand | 28 August 2018

Nicola Stephenson from our training team discusses how she used the unique search and analysis tools in JustisOne to stay up to date with case law when studying for her LLB.

Why is JustisOne important for law students?

Many law students will know JustisOne. For those who do not, it’s an intelligent legal research platform that provides access to case law and legislation. It’s a useful tool to stay up to date with case law, especially the areas of law you are studying, without spending too much time sifting through irrelevant information to do so. It’s also really helpful during essay time!

When I was a student it was important to keep up to date on big cases or important developments in the areas of law I was studying, to see if it changed the application of the law. Being up to date ensured I was always confident that the cases I used were still good law.

What makes JustisOne different?

JustisOne uses an algorithm to tag different practice areas which relate to any one case. This means it is easier to find important and related cases that might come under different practice areas.

Firstly, I would conduct a simple search on JustisOne to find the most recent UK cases on contract law, having studied this practice area during my LLB along with corporate finance and corporate insolvency.

JustisOne Case Categories

I can instantly see that the most recent case for these practice areas was also tagged with ‘Banking and Finance’ and ‘Bankruptcy and Insolvency’, as shown above, therefore it was one that I would find useful. The case is a hearing from the Queen’s Bench Division regarding a dispute over the liability of an unpaid council tax bill, which opens a whole range of legal issues then discussed by the judge and would give me lots of valuable material to use in my essays and studies.

What if you are only looking for leading or authoritative cases?

Another way I would keep up to date with the law would be to look at leading cases and recent developments in the areas I was studying.

To do this, I would use the ‘categories’ tab at the top of the case overview screen. I would select ‘contract law’ from the list of categories and select a relevant case, such as Hedley Byrne & Company Ltd v Heller & Partners Ltd followed by opening the list of citing cases.

I could then use the sort filter to arrange the list by year, bringing the most recent to the top. Straight away, I could see cases which had referred to the case I was looking at.

JustisOne Related Cases

Having a Scottish LLB, I would have instantly been drawn to cases with the Scottish flag. It is easy to see that this Scottish case was important under the current context as JustisOne had picked out seven references to Hedley Byrne & Company Ltd v Heller & Partners Ltd. I could then easily view these citations in context, as shown above, and get an idea of the main points of the case without reading the full document.

Staying up to date on any area of law can be done quickly and easily on JustisOne. With key information displayed in a clear way, I can quickly determine if I need to read a case more closely.

Where can students learn more about JustisOne?

We offer complimentary training sessions to all of our customers. If you want to learn how to use the features in JustisOne to benefit your legal research, from staying up to date with the latest cases to finding key cases in areas of law you may not be familiar with, please ask your law librarian to contact us on training@justis.com to arrange a training session.

We also offer a range of online resources which you can find on our website.

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