Fundamentals of Legal Research
by Christopher Enright & Clare Cappa
This book describes a structured approach to legal research consisting of 12 steps. The idea is to present a step by step approach to legal research that is as foolproof as human endeavour can make it. This is important for doing legal research. It is important on a higher level than that because it is at least the start of the process of making lawyers intelligent users of information. This is important because of the growing need for many occupations to work with information.
Currently, information is constantly generated, and is generated at an ever increasing rate. There is now far more information than we can know or understand. To cope with this, it is necessary for lawyers to possess the best technique or method for finding information. Part of this technique certainly involves knowing in the here and now the details of how to find information that the lawyer needs. This entails understanding how to use the current research tools, which the book explains. But more is needed to cater not just for the here and now but for the there and later.
This book aims to create in the reader an enduring mindset that understands legal research at a conceptual level. Not only will the reader know how to find today’s law for today’s problem using today’s tools for legal research, they will also understand the principles that underlie legal research. They need to understand how legal materials should be labelled and how research tools should be constructed in order to create the most effective and efficient means of accessing relevant material. The aim is to make the reader ‘information smart’.
362 pages softcover
About the Author
Christopher Enright is a chartered accountant, barrister and solicitor. He has lectured in law at several universities. He specialises in legal method.