Coming up in 2021
Legal Research in Practice Q&A drop-in sessions
Are you a Melbourne Law School student about to head into a clerkship, internship, or are you about to embark on your graduate year? Are you feeling confident in your research skills and ready for the legal research you will be doing in the workplace? If you’re not feeling quite ready or have some questions about legal research in practice, you’re in luck!
Kirsty from the Legal Academic Skills Centre (LASC) and Anastasia from the Law Library will be hosting some legal research in practice Q&A sessions. Kirsty has worked in a court library and Anastasia has worked as a librarian in a law firm. This experience makes them well placed to answer any questions you have about what legal research is like in the workplace. Kirsty and Anastasia will share some tips followed by the opportunity for you to ask questions.
All sessions will be held via Zoom. Following are the details with links to register:
- Thursday 25 November, 8:30-9:00am – REGISTER
- Monday 29 November, 5:15-5:45pm – REGISTER
- Thursday 2 December, 12:30-1:00pm – REGISTER
- Tuesday 7 December, 12:30-1:00pm – REGISTER
These are repeat sessions so you only need to register for one.
Please note: these sessions are for Melbourne Law School students.
Before coming along to the Q&A sessions, we recommend you take a look at the Legal Research in Practice module on the LASC Community. Access is for University of Melbourne students and staff only. If you don’t have access to the LASC Community, you can self-enrol, this page has further information on getting access.
Grammar for Legal Writing
Summer sessions will run in January – February. More details to follow soon.
What to expect in 2022
Following is a list of support to expect in 2022. It’s not an exhaustive list and we will add more details once confirmed.
JD First Year Support
- Presentation – Best Advice on Writing your Theory Paper, by Chantal Morton
- Writing Q&A Drop-ins hosted by Chantal Morton
JD Upper Year and MLM Support Writing and Academic Skills Standalone Sessions
The standalone sessions are fast-paced workshops that cover:
- the basic elements of writing a legal research essay
- preparing for a take-home exam
The essay workshop is appropriate for anyone new to writing an 8,000 legal research paper for Melbourne Law School. Topics covered include:
- Setting a research question
- Critical engagement with the material
- Developing an argument
- Structuring your analysis
- When to footnote
- Formatting your document according to the Australian Guide to Legal Citation
The exam workshop is primarily designed for people who are new to the common law legal system.
- Preparing for the exam (review and exam ready notes)
- Managing your time over the weekend
- Answering hypothetical problems
- Answering exam essay questions
Relaxed Workshop Series
The relaxed workshop series is an opportunity to develop your legal analysis and communication skills. Workshops are held at a slow pace with opportunities for practice and discussion.
- Strategies for reading legal materials (also covered in full time orientation)
- Critical engagement with your material – logical fallacies
- Taking notes and time management for completing assignments
- Reading case law (also covered in full time orientation)
- Reading case law continued (also covered in full time orientation)
- Common law legal reasoning – using our new skills (also covered in full time orientation)
- Strategies for Writing Legal Research Papers – setting a research question and structuring your argument
- Using law and secondary sources to support your argument
- Referencing (Footnotes) and the AGLC
Legal Research Workshops
The workshops cover topics such as finding secondary sources, finding cases and legislation, researching foreign law, public international law research and Zotero for law.