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Law research and writing skills: Juris Doctor

Research and Learning Skills advice 

Law librarians and learning skills advisers are available to help support your studies.

Reiko Okazaki is the Learning Skills Adviser for Law Postgraduate students. She can work with you to improve your academic performance, including:

  • written and oral communication skills
  • study methods and exam preparation
  • effective reading and note-taking
  • problem-solving and critical thinking

Consultations with Reiko of up to 20 minutes are available at various times on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. These are currently being done via Zoom. Please book using this link: http://bit.ly/LSAconsultations 

At other times, you can access a consultation with one of the Law Library's other Learning Skills Advisers Monday to Friday 12-1 and 3-4pm - via ZOOM

Research skills consultations with a librarian can be accessed Monday to Friday 1-5pm via ZOOM

See here for further information.

Email the Law Library team at lib-lawteam-l@monash.edu

Use the side navigation tabs on this guide to find information and advice about researching and writing.

Use the home page of the Law Library Guide to find resources including Legislation, Cases and Legal Commentary.

Study Skills Seminars

Throughout the trimester, Reiko runs online seminars about Study Skills, Reading Strategies and Approaches to Assignments. Please register through the Library Class Booking System: tiny.cc/JDseminars and Reiko will send you the Zoom link.

Library Research Skills Workshops 
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 scheduled workshops as part of LAW5000, Australian Legal Reasoning and Methods (ALRM). Details and materials are available in your LAW5000 Moodle unit.

Workshop 1 - Legal research using secondary sources  (Week 2)

Workshop 2 - Finding and Researching cases - (Week 2)

Workshop 3 - Finding and Researching legislation - (Week 4)

 

Text books 

Where possible the Library has purchased electronic versions of your text books. Some of these have a limited number of simultaneous users, so if it’s in use try again at another time.  Links to these will be in your Moodle units and via Search

Look at our  eTexts for Law page to see whether there is an eText available for a particular area of law.

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.

Take a virtual tour of the Law Library, Clayton Campus.