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07 Mar 2023

Law Society Library and Information Service: Compact Legal Research Course


Date 07 Mar 2023
Time 13:30 - 16:30
Location Law Society House, Belfast
Cost £90.00 per person
CPD Points 3 General Group Study


The Law Society of Northern Ireland boasts a modern and well-equipped Library and Business Centre for its members. It holds a comprehensive collection of electronic and hard copy legal resources together with access to a vast network of external resources and specialised legal collections. The Library also provides a range of services which many solicitors use on a regular basis including its very popular enquiry and research service, the document delivery service, I on the Law current awareness service and the new KnowAll Database, which is an important portal of legal information for practitioners in this jurisdiction.

The Library and Information Service is once again running its in-depth Compact Legal Research Courses for solicitors. The emphasis of the course will be very much “hands on” with participants encouraged to use the resources and facilities available to develop their legal research strategies and techniques.

The course is very well received with previous delegates stating:

“Excellent course – will be invaluable back in the office.”


“I have discovered new information and new knowledge about the LSNI Library services – thank you!” 


“Excellent session – KnowAll is a very useful tool.”


“This is an excellent course which should be undertaken by solicitors!”


Topics to be covered will include:

· the law-making and law-finding processes in Northern Ireland and the intricacies of conducting legal research in a small jurisdiction to ensure you are relying on good law;

· whether to use hard copy or electronic resources and the development of search strategies according to the best bibliographical resources available;

· commercial resources available through the Law Society Library;

· use of the KnowAll database;

· an interactive tutorial on best practice, tips and techniques for using the internet for legal research.

The courses can be adapted and tailored according to participant requirements.

The number of places at each session will be strictly capped at 4 to ensure maximum benefit for each participant.

We will be unable to cater for anyone who turns up without booking in advance.

To increase accessibility the course will run on the following dates:

Session 1:     Tuesday 7 March 2023,                1.30pm – 4.30pm

Session 2:     Tuesday 9 May 2023,                   1.30pm – 4.30pm

Session 3:     Tuesday 3 October 2023,             1.30pm – 4.30pm

Session 4:     Wednesday 4 October 2023,        10am – 1pm

Session 5:     Tuesday 5 December 2023,          1.30pm – 4.30pm

Session 6:     Wednesday 6 December 2023,     10am – 1pm


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