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Mastering American Legal Research

Thursday 14th of January 2021 14:00


Online via Zoom (joining link will be circulated via email)
This event is a Qualifying Session and is worth 1 point
Interactive and requires preparation in advance


Legal Knowledge, Justice and the Rule of LawPreparation for Pupillage, Career Development and Wellbeing


14:00 - 15:30

Ensure that you have joined before the QS is due to start.

Dress code

Smart Casual
Online registration has ended for this event

Event Details

This practical session will review the key features of the US legal system at both the Federal and State levels. Topics covered include researching the Constitution and where and how to find statutes, regulations and cases from the Federal government and from State governments. You will also learn about the usefulness of various secondary sources of US legal research.

Preparation will be circulated ahead of the QS.

The Library runs this training session on multiple occasions each year.  You are only permitted to attend this training once.  

[Bookings will open at 18:00 on Friday 18 December]


This event is for members only.

Qualifying Session Details

Click here to see details of the QS Requirements and how to be credited with the QS for this session

Learning Outcomes:

After this session, students should be able to:

  • Recognise and identify aspects of the legal system of the USA.
  • Demonstrate the ability to research aspect of US law using a variety of strategies and research techniques.
  • Distinguish between the different sources of US law available in print and online.

Links to the Professional Statement, wider workings of the Bar, administration of justice or a public interest matter

The QS will align with these elements of the Professional Statement:

  • 1.2 / 1.3 / 1.5 / 1.12

Click here to view the BSB's Professional Statement

Bookings and Cancellations

Where we have a waiting list we will offer your ticket to someone else, so please do cancel your ticket if you are no longer able to attend.

Click here to view our Bookings and Cancellation Policies

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Times and details for this event are subject to change. Please check this webpage for the most up to date information.