Teaching legal research skills at City - Emily Allbon

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Published on February 25, 2014

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Presentation at the HEA workshop 'Teaching research skills to Law Students: a workshop on best practice '.

This event brought together university law teachers and law librarians to discuss legal information literacy and current best practice in teaching research skills on the LLB, the role of law librarians, how research skills are taught (including on-line methods), progression through the undergraduate curriculum, whether for credit or not, and collaborations between law librarians and academic staff.

This presentation is part of a related blog post that provides an overview of the event: http://bit.ly/1bIvVhh

Teaching Legal Research Skills At City Emily Allbon

Doing OK… but not entirely happy     Great relationship with the school Lots of input in all kinds of things (many non-library related) Embedded …but not quite there with legal research teaching

What happens at City?  Legal method ~ 330 LLB1 students – rising all the time!   3 lectures 4 workshops      3 assessments   Understanding cases and statutes Legal research Legal writing Public speaking (mooting) Online resources workbook, case comment & moot 4 lecturers

Where do I fit in?    1 lecture (2 hrs) 1 workshop (2 hrs) with groups of 30 students 1 assessment (pass/fail)

I want them to: Understand the issues around… …how to avoid and… As well as knowing the importance of, and the best ways to:

Content Lecture          Sources of law Citation What’s in the library? Statutes Law reporting Journals and commentary Lawbore Basic Westlaw searching Keeping up to date Workshop       Used iPads 2 tutorial groups Flexible room Using free resources for research - evaluation Legal research in the profession Comprehensive intro to Westlaw (advanced + connectors)

Fake websites

Keyword exercise

Silly problem questions

What do students think?     “I learnt how to use Westlaw effectively, in the sense of using “” and words like ‘and’. “I learnt how to search for particular cases by using keywords & subjects, as well as how to analyse a case” “Favourite bit was all the hands-on” “Great interaction in session between students and Emily, which made the tutorial fun, enjoyable, practical and educational all at the same time”

Assessment        Online resources workbook Tests their ability to find cases, legislation and journal articles. Research trail essential Work submitted and marked online Observations? Assessments pre 2011? Video critique & blog post. Halsbury’s Statutes Workbook

The dream?     The glue to tie it all together One consistent topic All assessments linked and learning scaffolded Connected to a core subject assessment One day…

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