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Why is Legal Research Skills important for you?
As a law student we always come across the suggestions like “you should have effective public speaking skills”, “you must be a good writer” “Well! As a Law student you need to have excellent critical analysis skill” etc.
There is no doubt that all these experts suggested skills are useful and important for a legal practitioner, but having effective legal research skills is extremely significant, not only in the course of our law degree but also throughout our legal career. We at LicitElite are coming up with our new section, “Legal Research Skills” where we will teach you how to make your research more effective.
Planning to Start Legal Research?
Here you go with some tips:
Well! When do we start research as a law student?
Most of the times for Moot Court Competitions...
Our research, as a student for moot court competition, where we are supposed to solve a legal problem, is often referred to as Doctrinal research or the traditional one. It involves recognizing the relevant law and applying it to the facts of proposition before us.
This doctrinal form of research "provides a systematic exposition of the rules governing a particular legal category, analyses the relationship between rules, explains areas of difficulty and, perhaps, predicts future developments" as mentioned by D Pearce, E Campbell and D Harding, in Australian Law Schools: A Discipline Assessment for the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission (AGPS, 1987), vol 2, p 312).
One needs to follow some important steps before starting a research, although it is not a linear process and one can start at different points, depending on the given information and one’s own background knowledge in the research area.
The priority must be given to reading the problem really well (either it be a moot problem or any legal research question you want to solve) pick out the essential facts and search terms, important cases and/or legislation, main areas of law and key jurisdictions to research.
A legal dictionary to understand the legal terms is a must have.
Not only reading the given problem will help you but also reading other related texts will make you understand the concept and the legal implications.
Check out for commentary, cases and legislation.
Check a legal encyclopaedia: note leading cases, and relevant legislation.
Find out relevant legislation and check for recent developments in law or any proposed amendments
Follow up the authorities, identify further cases, locate and read them thoroughly.
Find out the journal articles for scholarly commentary on the issue or cases.
Evaluate and consolidate the results of your research in order to formulate and write suggestions.