Survey: JudicialPhilosophy launches exploratory study on useful online tools in legal research

Technology is changing the legal landscape so quickly. Yet law students in our universities approach legal tools and resources wary and fearful. We have access to a wealth of information, and to many tools that could render our learning and research more efficient, yet most of our students still use the old pen and paper.

JudicialPhilosophy aims to engage legal practitioners, researchers and teachers into summing up the huge variety of IT tools (online or not) that are currently used in legal research. The outcome of this exploratory survey will be a list containing the most used tools in the following 9 areas/phases of research:

  1. online legal databases and libraries
  2. taking notes, writing down ideas, sketching outlines
  3. writing drafts, papers, thesis chapters
  4. online collaboration, communication and brainstorming
  5. online courses and e-learning
  6. referencing and citation
  7. research dissemination
  8. networking
  9. and other sources of information.

While it does not claim to offer statistical significance, nor does it discriminate between professions, age or geographical location of the respondents at this point, the study hopes to include as many useful tools, and further promote their use to law students and legal researchers.

The results of the study will be published by JudicialPhilosophy in 2014. They will also be presented as part of the training session “Using IT Tools to Support Legal Research” dedicated to UCL law students during spring 2014. Further information sessions could be arranged by request.

If you wish to take part in the survey or spread the word about it, just follow or copy the following link:


Thank you!

Diana Richards

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