Finding the law
Finding the law with Prof Johan Scott and Shirley Gilmore
It has been said that legal research is the pillar on which the entire legal profession rests. Legal research skills are essential to ensuring the success of legal practitioners. As the law and legal environment continually change, it is imperative to sharpen this skill set on an ongoing basis to excel in your field.
This course consists of two modules. Module 1 is presented by Prof Johan Scott (professor emeritus) and focuses on legal research skills – how to value and use legal sources. This module is a great refresher on how to use some of the basic tools required to unlock legal knowledge. This module will focus on the identification or classification of the subdivisions of the law. It will also cover the legal sources that need to be consulted in almost every problem-solving scenario, with various examples to illustrate how these should be approached and applied.
Module 2 is presented by Shirley Gilmore, former head of the Law Library at the University of Pretoria. Representatives from Juta and LexisNexis will also share their knowledge on how you can find relevant legal information online, and how to deal with contradictory legal sources.
Modules can be taken together, separately and in any order.
Who should attend?
Legal practitioners who want to improve or refresh their legal research skills and find relevant legal information online with ease.
Module 1 - Legal research skills: how to value and use legal sources
Part 1: Subdividing or classifying the law
- International law
- National law
- Substantive law
- Procedural law
- Supplementary disciplines
Part 2: Survey of the sources of law
- Sources of law
- Formal (primary) sources of South African law
- The Constitution
- Common-law writings
- Judicial precedent
- Modern custom
- African customary law
- Secondary sources
Module 2 - Law sources: finding relevant legal information online
- Where and how to find relevant legal information:
- Law reports and case law
- Journal articles
- Other foreign legal sources
Module 1 is presented over 2 hours, while Module 2 is presented over 2.5 hours. Lectures can either be attended online or by obtaining recordings.
Online lectures are presented in the mornings from 8:00-10:00 and recordings can be viewed at any time during the day. Note that Module 2 will be presented from 8:00-10:30.
The presentation is accompanied by a comprehensive reference manual, sent in PDF format.
No written assessments will be required to complete any of the modules.
- You will receive a certificate of attendance.
Professor Johan Scott, emeritus professor of law, with a prodigious publication record to his credit, will teach you how to find the law.
This course is an amazing "finishing school" that addresses various shortcomings in your university studies.
It will sharpen your research skills and set you apart from your peers.
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