Law: Juris Doctor

Resources for legal research and writing, including guides to broad areas of law.

Juris Doctor (JD)

The Law Library works with Monash JD students, providing resources and skills building to help you succeed. 

Ask for help

Monash University JD students can contact us in the following ways:

At the Law Chambers:
Email Claire Kaylock, Learning Skills Adviser (Mondays and Tuesdays) for an appointment to discuss writing or study skills.

At the Clayton campus: come to the Research and Learning Point in the Law Library on Level 1, or contact us to make an appointment. 


Email the Law Library team at

Phone members of the Library's Law team.

Library Node at the Law Chambers

The Library Node is a room containing a small collection of textbooks from the Monash University Library, which have been set for law chamberspostgraduate units run at the Law Chambers. Books are available for three hour loan.

Postgraduate law students can also place 'Requests' for books held at Library branches (via Search) to be sent to the Node for pick up, borrowing, and returning.

The Node is not a staffed branch of the Monash University Library. It has been established for the convenience of Law postgraduate students, so please help to keep it tidy and remember to borrow the books when you remove them from the Library Node.

For more information about the Library Node, go to The Library Node webpage.

Essential resources

Use these databases and websites to find the meaning of legal abbreviations, legal definitions, cases referred to in class, journal articles for your assignments, Acts of Parliament, and other essential materials held in the Library or online. law book

Useful resources

Try the popular resources listed below for more information. 
You can also find law databases, cases, legislation and secondary sources in the other tabs on the this Library guide.

Some useful websites


Locating Cases from a Citation

To locate a case you need to identify the elements of a case citation. For example:     law reports

R v Fitchett (2009) 23 VR 91

Party names = R (appellant) v Fitchett (defendant) (Appeal case)
Year of law report/judgment = 2009
Law report volume = 23
Law report series = VR (Victorian Reports)
Beginning page number = 91

  1. Look up the meaning of the abbreviation
  2. Print cases -  look at the ends of the rows on level 1 to see the law reports shelved in that row. Find the correct volume and check the Table of Cases Reported at the front of the law report volume to find the page number for the case.
  3. Alternatively, look at the Online law reports tab of this Library guide to find the law report online.

Why should you care about legal research?

Watch this short clip from La Trobe Uni.

Learn Research and Writing Skills

Learn essential research and writing skills for law, so that you will be able to find and evaluate the most relevant resources, and write excellent legal assignments.  learn

In your first trimester, you should participate in workshops as part of LAW5000, Australian Legal Reasoning and Methods (ALRM). These materials are available in your LAW5000 Moodle unit.

  1. Workshop 1 -
    Legal research using secondary sourcesBook
     (Week 2)
  2. Workshop 2 - Researching cases - (Week 2)
  3. Workshop 3 - Researching legislation - (Week 4)

PLUS - Use the online class booking system to book into:
Study Skills seminars and Law Assignment Strategies seminars run during each trimester. 


What you should you know about academic integrity

screen shot of academic integrity tutorial

How to write a case note assignment

case note assignment

How to write a good Law research essay



Also, take a look at the materials on Research and Writing for Assignments on the Library's Research and Learning Online site. Find out how to understand the assignment, apply critical thinking, and write effectively.

Videos about writing

Take a look at these short videos to find out how to: thinking

1. Improve your ability to write a clear statement of your position in relation to an assignment question ( NOTE: The question used is not a current assignment question. It asks students to comment on the effects of legal representation on the outcome of a hearing.)

2. Strengthen your argument by using some critical thinking techniques.

Using sources in your writing - Citing legal materials

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) should be used to cite and reference your sources for all Faculty of Law assignments. 
Look at:

Try the resources below to understand more about when and how to cite effectively.

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