Lawyering Toolkit: Starter Skills Pack
Starter skills Pack
Everything you need to know to prepare yourself to find legal information if you are new to law.
“A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.”
Structure of the Irish Courts
The Legal System in Ireland
Use our quick What is guide below to find out what these legal elements are;
- Statutory Instrument
Approaching your Reading list
Find an eBook
Cite an eBook
Citing your References
OSCOLA Ireland is a citation style used for legal citation. OSCOLA Ireland is a variant of the UK version known as OSCOLA adapted for the Irish Jurisdiction needs. The legalcite.ie site provides helpful information on how to cite your sources correctly using this citation style.
Citing a book
Starter Quick Tip
Read the assignment you are given carefully and make sure you answer the question you are given rather than the question you hoped for.
The British and Irish Legal Information Institute is a really useful site that provides access to freely available British and Irish public legal information where you can find British and Irish case law & legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material.
Searching Tools - Case Law
- Legal Abbreviations - Cardiff Index
- This site helps you to understand the legal abbreviations for Law Reports
Find a case -
- Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co  1 QB 256
- Case Name/[Year]/Volume/Report Series/Page Number
This citation enables you to find the case in your library's print collection or via a legal database such as Vlex Justis.
Legal Triage - what are stuck on?
Use our quick Legal Triage guide at the points when you need tips on where to go next for legal information.
Citing Case Law
Case citation examples;
Riordan v Ireland  IESC 44,  3 IR 745.
Doran v Delaney  2 IR 61 (SC).
Friends of the Curragh Environment Ltd v An Bord Pleanála (No 2)  IEHC 390,  1 ILRM 386.
Bibliography of Resources on legal Citation
Searching Tools - Legal Databases
What is a database?
A database is an organised collection of data stored on a computer. Information on particular topics are gathered together so that you can search for what you need easily and rapidly e.g. cases. Information is dynamic and updated frequently.
Learning Check tools
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This guide has been created by Susan Boyle, Virginia Conrick, Ann O'Sullivan and Pattie Punch as a collaborative initiative through the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) Irish Group.