Getting Started

How to Start Researching a Moot Problem:

One of the most important parts of preparing for any moot court competition is how you approach a moot court problem. In this video Katherine Jackson – Legal Research Librarian at Oxford’s Bodleian Law Library, provides some useful tips on what to do before you set down to work on your moot problem,how to start your research, how to follow your leads and most importantly what to do with your research. This video is a must for all mooters starting their research or re-visiting their research strategy for any moot court competition.

Making the Most of Online Resources:

An unique aspect of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition is that it draws the use of legal authorities from all over the world. For this, the Internet can be a useful medium of supplementing one’s basic research. In this video Katherine Jackson – Legal Research Librarian at Oxford’s Bodleian Law Library speaks to us about how to make the most of online resources. She takes us through maximising search quality in general search engines, and in both – free and subscription legal databases. This video would be helpful for any law student who seeks to make the most of the wide range of information available online.

Primary and Secondary Legal Sources:

It is critical in a legal argument to understand the authoritative value of what you are relying on to establish your point. And here is where the difference of primary and secondary legal sources becomes important. This video by Katherine Jackson – Legal Research Librarian at Oxford’s Bodleian Law Library, will help you understand not only this, but also give you an insight into how to read and use judicial decisions in your argument. This is extremely valuable for those who are new to the common law system. For those already well versed with common law tradition, the video offers important insights into searching for legislations from different parts of the world, and points you must bear in mind while citing judicial decisions and secondary sources.