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Tip for Legal Students doing research for the first time

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What is legal research?

Legal research is the finding of relevant cases and legislation (primary sources of law) using textbooks, journal articles, encyclopedias and other reference tools (secondary sources of law).

In general you are looking for law where:

  • the issues in the case and in your situation are similar
  • the facts in the case and in your situation are similar, and
  • the case is binding or at least persuasive in your jurisdiction

 

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