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Research report reveals new insights into legal education

Research report reveals new insights into legal education

Posted by david-hand | 04 October 2019

A new research report by Justis, a vLex company, brings new insights into legal research education and the views of both students and staff. 

Released in October 2019, this research-led report is the first to examine the teaching of legal research and the wider student perspectives. Conducted over the past 12 months, the report reveals that teaching of legal research is often inconsistent across universities, potentially leaving students at a disadvantage against their peers when applying for training contracts.

With over 90,000 students enrolled in law degrees across the UK, this report provides a unique perspective that could help to improve important elements of the student experience for thousands of law students across the UK and beyond. 

Currently, the number of training contracts in England and Wales fluctuates between 5,000 and 6,000 each year, with around 100 of these at each of the Magic Circle firms. Competition for these desirable contracts is at an all-time high. 

Following the Legal Education and Training Review in 2013, this report aims to highlight the current status of the teaching of legal research skills, and start a discussion within the academic sector about these important issues.

Unique insights 

The report covers a wide range of areas related to legal research teaching and student perspectives. The primary areas of discussion include the different teaching models deployed across many UK universities, student confidence levels, the support mechanisms available to students, teaching and learning preferences, and staff perspectives on the current methods being utilised to teach legal research. Finally, the report proposes a unique standardised approach to help address issues experienced by both staff and students. 

This report is recommended for both law school and librarian staff alongside educational representatives and professionals. 

Download the report here

For questions, comments and to discuss the research report please contact Justis, a vLex company, at press@vlex.com

About Justis, a vLex company

vLex is a legal technology company, who developed their technology to empower law professionals by combining one of the most extensive collections of legal information in the world with the most advanced AI-powered tools. Hundreds of thousands of clients and millions of users around the world rely on vLex to address their legal research and technology needs. vLex are one of the leading companies developing legal technology on a global scale, with a team of over 160 lawyers, engineers, and editorial experts. vLex apply the power of an AI cloud-based data hub to ingest, enrich, classify and deliver insights contained in over 100 million legal documents from over 2,000 multilingual and multi-legal system global sources, to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant legal data and content.

Justis, acquired by vLex in March of 2019, has been at the forefront of the digital dissemination of legal information for over 33 years. JustisOne, its flagship legal research platform is trusted by law firms, barristers, government departments and academic institutions around the world. Justis’ unique software brings new ways to search, interpret and analyse legal information.

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