Monday, November 30, 2009

The 21st century Law Student

First we gave you The 21st century Law Library, now we give you the student!
The twenty-first century law student by Alison Bone, "...considers the responses to a survey conducted across seven “new” and two “old” universities which was designed to elicit students' views of their experiences of learning on UK undergraduate law degrees... and indicates how the modern law student approaches the study of law and, more importantly, how law teachers can support their learning. "
Lectures and seminars were highly regarded by students as a way to understand law, with the need to buy and use textbooks also rated highly.
The controversial question as to whether the student felt that textbooks gave them enough information so as not to consult primary resources is very interesting (read alarming). The group was split almost evenly in agreeeing or disagreeing - with little difference across years, so even half the 5th year students agreed that textbooks gave an adequate insight into cases.
I'll let you discover the rest for yourself!

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Doyle story

In which Doyle steals, is caught, is shipped from the Bay of Islands to Sydney for trial (along with witnesses), and is hanged. We find him briefly mentioned in Foden's New Zealand legal history, and find him again in AUSTLII in the Superior Courts of New South Wales (pre-1900) Case Notes.
The Doyle case is an interesting bit of social history - both for the facts and for how the Sydney Herald presents them.
The Case Notes database is pretty cool.
AUSTLII is amazing.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Legal Citations of Aotearoa New Zealand

Just in:
"The University of Auckland Library is pleased to make Legal Citations of Aotearoa New Zealand (LCANZ) available at no charge from its website.
LCANZ provides easy to follow citation formats and examples which complement the newly released New Zealand Law Style Guide.
LCANZ is the first online index to New Zealand legal citation and is likely to be a valuable tool for law academics and students as well as the legal profession. LCANZ provides guidance on the citation of all major New Zealand legal journals and law reporting series. More than 120 law journals and law reporting series are searchable by either title or abbreviation.
Legal Citations of Aotearoa New Zealand (LCANZ) is a service developed by the Davis Law Library team at the University of Auckland Library and is freely available at "
We're still waiting for the New Zealand law style guide itself, though you can pre-order a copy if you want:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

New online resources for law students and academics

Google scholar now has a radio button option to search law journals and American cases. It appears the material is coming from Hein Online.

Early English Laws to quote from their website "is a project to publish online and in print new editions and translations of all English legal codes, edicts, and treatises produced up to the time of Magna Carta 1215" and "Early English Laws will provide not only the now standard editions of English legal texts by Felix Liebermann and William Stubbs, but also new editions, translations, and commentary for over 150 individual texts. These texts range chronologically from Æthelberht of Kent’s code (c. 600) to the issuance of Magna Carta in 1215, and include all non-narrative and non-administrative legal records. Some of them have never been edited."