1 What is Legal Research?

Legal research can be summarised as the ability to find, evaluate, and use sources of legal information to:

  • solve a legal problem.
  • suggest reform of the law.
  • compare the laws of different jurisdictions.
  • understand the role of law in society.

Understanding legal research skills is important

Understanding these skills will not only improve your effectiveness in university assessment but will also prove valuable in your future career. Those who study law will continue to use legal research skills once they graduate and are in practice or other workplaces.


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