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, the Library Updater, the current awareness service, tailored e-bulletins and the Libero 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 Research Courses for solicitors. The numbers at each session will be capped at approximately 4 to ensure maximum benefit for each participant. 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 experience and techniques. The course is led by Heather Semple, the Society’s Head of Library and Information Services.
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 like Northern Ireland to ensure you are using 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 Libero database;
part of the session is 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.
Attendance at this seminar will fully cover the 2017 Client Care and Practice Management CPD requirement. Any additional Client Care and Practice Management hours gained can be carried over into the General Group Study section.
The sessions have been extremely popular and booking is essential – please ensure you contact the CPD Department directly and receive a booking confirmation if you want to attend one of the sessions. We will be unable to cater for anyone who turns up without booking in advance. Please inform CPD staff on booking if you have attended this course before as preference will be given to those who have not previously attended.
The course will run on the following dates:
- Tuesday 3 October 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm
- Wednesday 4 October 2017 10am – 1pm
- Tuesday 7 November 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm
- Wednesday 8 November 2017 10am – 1pm
- Tuesday 5 December 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm
- Wednesday 6 December 2017 10am – 1pm