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Need help with Westlaw or Lawtel?

Hello! My name is Manal Samad and I am your Westlaw UK and Lawtel representative on campus. I will be organising clinics and certification courses throughout the academic year. If you have any questions you could either find me at my drop in sessions, held every Tuesday from 15:00 - 16:00 (room to be confirmed), or send me an email at manal.samad@city.ac.uk.

Law School news posted by Emily on Wed 4 Oct, 2017

Lunchtime study skills workshops

Take a look at the huge range of workshops being provided by City's Learning Enhancement & Development (LEaD) Team this term- critical thinking, digital literacy, note-taking, understanding marking criteria, mind mapping, dissertation and essay writing... and MUCH MORE!

Law School news posted by Emily on Sun 1 Oct, 2017

Accessing the FT online

Those of you wanting to improve your commercial awareness will know that the Financial Times is a useful tool for this.

Those of you who already have an account with ft.com will now need to re-register.

If you're new to City and would like to register for an ft.com account, please follow the info provided via the library website.

Law School news posted by Emily on Thu 14 Sep, 2017

Need to use another library to find materials?

Read all about the Sconul Access scheme via the City Library Services website.

Law School news posted by Emily on Mon 4 Sep, 2017
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Upcoming Law Events

Wed 12 September, 2018
Encouraging diversity in tomorrow's lawyers: who's responsible?

12th September 2018
Encouraging diversity in tomorrow's lawyers: who's responsible?

Event Time: 2-5pm

Venue: School of Law Queen Mary University of London E1 4NS Mile End Road United Kingdom [ map to venue (new window) ]

Queen Mary University of London is holding a symposium of leading practitioners to consider how to encourage and support a diverse group of lawyers for the future. Following a keynote speech, the afternoon will include a chaired panel session and world cafe session (symposium). Panellists include:

Nicholas Cheffings

  • Hogan Lovells Partner (former Chair) and Chair of PRIME, a company established to improve access to the legal profession for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds

Jo Larbie

  • Executive Coach specialising in Inclusion; former corporate lawyer, HR Director of Eversheds Sutherland and BDO, and author of How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life

Register via Eventbrite for your free ticket!

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Mon 30 July, 2018
Thu 4 October, 2018
Ethics in and out of the court room

4th October 2018
Ethics in and out of the court room

Event Time: 6-7pm

Venue: Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn, London EC1N 2HH [ map to venue (new window) ]

If you are a barrister you will be asked 'how can you act for someone who is guilty?'. This is just one of the ethical questions the Bar has to confront. Barristers have a Code of Ethics that governs the working relationship with the client, the court and colleagues but ethical dilemmas in practice are rarely straightforward. 

Do we make value judgements about our client's culpability? Does that affect how hard we fight their case? Why the answer to those questions should emphatically be 'no'.

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture

Speaker Professor Jo Delahunty QC is one of the UK’s leading barristers specialising in legal issues affecting families and children.

She has been appointed Gresham Professor of Law since the summer of 2016.

All of Professor Delahunty's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.
 

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Mon 30 July, 2018
Sat 6 October, 2018
Law Society Junior Lawyer Division Forum - Helping you to secure a training position

6th October 2018
Law Society Junior Lawyer Division Forum - Helping you to secure a training position

Event Time: 10am - 5:30pm

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

The Junior Lawyers Division is holding a free one-day skills event to assist LPC students and LPC graduates with their search for a training position.  

Join them for presentations, discussion and activities which will be of value and assistance to LPC students and LPC graduates, with speakers who are highly regarded and experienced in their field. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

The forum is a full day event running from 10:00 to 16:30, followed by a networking drinks reception until 17.30. It will involve a series of 30-45 minute presentations on various topics designed to assist those junior lawyers looking to secure a training contract.

The event is free but you must register to attend. Places are likely to go quickly.

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Sat 11 August, 2018
Mon 8 October, 2018
Preventing and punishing crimes against humanity

8th October 2018
Preventing and punishing crimes against humanity

Event Time: 6-7.30pm

Venue: UCL Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Crimes against humanity have been prosecuted since the Nuremberg Tribunal before numerous international (and hybrid) criminal tribunals, including the international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Court. Yet what about prevention and punishment within national law? Although treaties have been concluded for the prevention and punishment in national law of the crime of genocide and war crimes, no such treaty exists with respect to crimes against humanity. To fill this gap, the U.N. International Law Commission (ILC) in 2017 adopted on first reading Draft Articles on Crimes against Humanity and submitted them to the U.N. General Assembly, inviting comments from governments. This event will discuss the nature and scope of the Draft Articles, will consider them within the wider evolution of crimes against humanity since the Nuremberg Tribunal, and will discuss the political prospects for adopting a new convention when the ILC completes its work in 2019.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Sean Murphy (George Washington University; Member of the International Law Commission, and Special Rapporteur on Crimes against Humanity; President, American Society of International Law; Matrix Chambers, London and Geneva)
  • Professor Philippe Sands QC (UCL; author East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity; Matrix Chambers, London and Geneva)
  • Ms Alice Lacourt (Commonwealth Secretariat)

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Mon 30 July, 2018
Tue 9 October, 2018
Brexit: Recovery of sovereignty or loss of rights?

9th October 2018
Brexit: Recovery of sovereignty or loss of rights?

Event Time: 6-7pm

Venue: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5HN [ map to venue (new window) ]

Was Brexit (the 2016 referendum) argued on the basis of accurate information fairly presented? Slogans were, and may always be, better at gathering votes. With the reality of Brexit a few months away, a sober look at what we actually gain or lose is needed in two areas: What is sovereignty of an island like our own?

Could we draw a line round the coast line (and the Irish border) and contain and control all that is inside? And what of rights within that line? Can they all be home grown and nationally defined? Are we indeed an island?

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC has practised as a barrister since 1971.  He worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY – between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Miloševi?, former President of Serbia.

Access his previous lectures for Gresham College via the Gresham website.

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Mon 30 July, 2018
Wed 10 October, 2018
City Law Fair

10th October 2018
City Law Fair

Event Time: 14:00-17:30

Venue: Great Hall, College Building, City, University of London (Northampton Square)

Come along to meet with human resources/recruitment staff as well as recent graduates who have joined the law firms, chambers and other organisations who are exhibiting. You'll be able to get an insight into the job tasks, company culture and career paths.

 

Event posted by Emily on Tue 14 August, 2018
Thu 18 October, 2018
State torture

18th October 2018
State torture

Event Time: 6-7pm

Venue: Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn, London EC1N 2HH [ map to venue (new window) ]

Torture was officially outlawed in France in the 1780s and in Europe during the nineteenth century. In the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, it has returned as an instrument of state policy.

The defence of torture is no longer viewed with abhorrence. How have languages of patriotism, law and order, justice, the 'civilizing mission', and human rights been used to foster attitudes towards and practices of torture in Western societies? What should our responses be?

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture

Speaker Professor Bourke is a historian and academic. She is currently Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. She is also Director of the Birkbeck Trauma Project and in 2014, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

She is Visiting Professor of History at Gresham College. You can view her previous lectures via the Gresham website.

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Mon 30 July, 2018
Tue 30 October, 2018
Bribery and corruption in the city

30th October 2018
Bribery and corruption in the city

Event Time: 6-7pm

Venue: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5HN [ map to venue (new window) ]

Crime thrives in a social environment which is conductive to its commission, and it harms the society which spawns it most of all. That is as true of bribery and corruption as it is true of knife-armed postcode gangs. If the common ethical code that prevents the vast majority from offending in a particular way begins to break down, there is a serious problem.

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture

Speaker Nicholas Cooke QC is a Judge for the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey)

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Mon 30 July, 2018
Tue 30 October, 2018
Preparing undergraduates for the solicitors' profession (Law Society)

30th October 2018
Preparing undergraduates for the solicitors' profession (Law Society)

Event Time: 9.15am - 4:30pm

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

This exciting event for undergraduates aims to cover all aspects of preparing for a career in the solicitors’ profession, including tips on increasing your chances of success, completing applications and interview techniques.

Delegates will also be given an insight into the different routes to qualification and alternative career options on offer by a variety of employers within the legal profession.

The event is FREE to all students and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Register quickly!

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Sat 11 August, 2018
Wed 14 November, 2018
Legal professional privilege: a conversation with Lord Neuberger

14th November 2018
Legal professional privilege: a conversation with Lord Neuberger

Event Time: 6-8pm

Venue: UCL Laws Bentham House, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG

Legal professional privilege is claimed to be “a fundamental human right guaranteed by common law, and a principle which is central to the administration of justice”.  It has been developed by the judges to promote the observance of the law, and is intended to encourage full, frank and confidential communication between clients and their legal advisers.  Privilege exists for the client’s benefit, and is absolute: in broad terms, unless advice is sought to enable the commission of a crime, only the client can waive privilege and the legal adviser cannot otherwise disclose their communication.  But the modern world poses increasing challenges for privilege.  Who is ‘the client’ (particularly in a corporate context)?  How does privilege interact with investigation, prosecution and deferred prosecution agreements? Who is a ‘legal adviser’ (legally qualified, qualified abroad, in-house)?  In what circumstances is a legal purpose ‘dominant’ when a client seeks advice?  What constitutes ‘privileged communication’ in a fast-moving, globalised and hyper-regulated world?

To explore these issues, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, recently retired President of the Supreme Court, will be in conversation with Professor Stephen Mayson (Honorary Professor and member of the Centre for Ethics and Law at UCL).

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Mon 30 July, 2018
Thu 22 November, 2018
Celebrating Diwali 2018

22nd November 2018
Celebrating Diwali 2018

Event Time: 18:50 - 21:00

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

The Law Society in association with the Hindu Lawyers Association, Society of Asian Lawyers and Association of Asian Women Lawyers are celebrating Diwali. Diwali is an important religious festival in the Hindu calendar and in recognition of this, the Law Society is hosting an event which combines its religious significance with the positive impact of Asian lawyers in the profession.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr Ashwani Kumar.  Dr Ashwani Kumar was the Cabinet Minister for Law and Justice in the Government of India from 2012 - 2013. He was designated Senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India (silk) at the age of 34 and was the youngest designated Senior counsel; at 38 he was appointed Additional Solicitor General of India in 1990. He has represented the State governments of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra before the Supreme Court of India.

Entry is free but you must register to attend.

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Sat 11 August, 2018
Thu 29 November, 2018
Sexual harassment at the Bar

29th November 2018
Sexual harassment at the Bar

Event Time: 7-8pm

Venue: Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn, London EC1N 2HH [ map to venue ]

2018 saw a seismic change in the willingness of women to speak out about sexual abuse they had suffered at work and the willingness of others to hear and act on it. This year (2018) saw the creation of a #metoo movement called 'Behind the Gown' created by a group of barristers committed to tackling sexual harassment at the Bar. 

This lecture frankly confronts the anecdotal evidence and suggests ways in which we can learn from it.

Professor Jo Delahunty QC is one of the UK’s leading barristers specialising in legal issues affecting families and children.
She has been appointed Gresham Professor of Law since the summer of 2016.
All of Professor Delahunty's past Gresham lectures can be accessed via the Gresham College website.

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Mon 30 July, 2018
Thu 31 January, 2019
The 30th anniversary of The Children Act 1989: Is it still fit for purpose?

31st January 2019
The 30th anniversary of The Children Act 1989: Is it still fit for purpose?

Event Time: 6-7pm

Venue: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5HN [ map to venue ]

The Children Act 1989 embodied a change in philosophy by making the child’s welfare the courts ‘paramount’ concern, moving away from the concept of parental rights towards the right of the child. It embraced the idea of shared parental rights and responsibilities and that children are best cared for within their families but not at the expense of suffering avoidable significant harm. 

Has the Act done right by children since 1989? Has it adapted to the challenges of childhood and society?

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

Speaker Professor Jo Delahunty QC is one of the UK’s leading barristers specialising in legal issues affecting families and children.

She has been appointed Gresham Professor of Law since the summer of 2016.

All of Professor Delahunty's past Gresham lectures can be accessed via the Gresham College website.

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Mon 30 July, 2018
Thu 21 February, 2019
City Law School Law Alumni Networking Reception

21st February 2019
City Law School Law Alumni Networking Reception

Event Time: 18:00-21:00

Venue: City, University of London

Come along and meet alumni and learn all about their journeys at this networking eveing (with a gamification twist!).

Event posted by Emily on Tue 14 August, 2018

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i-law

i-law is THE database for those interested in maritime and commercial law. At City we subscribe to the Maritime and Insurance & Reinsurance modules.

Prime resources include Lloyds Law Reports and the Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly.

This database requires an individual username and password - ask your library for this.

Need extra help? Check out the guide and videos.

LexisLibrary

Lexis is an immense database with access to cases, legislation and journal articles. Practitioner texts are also available, including Blackstones Criminal Practice, Lester & Pannick: Human Rights Law and Practice, Paget's Law of Banking, Whish: Competition Law amongst 149 others.

You can also access really monster Lexis publications - Halsbury's Laws (the legal encyclopedia) and Halsbury's Statutes amongst them.

Law report-wise you can find many key series in LNB: All England Law Reports (All ER), The Law Reports (AC, QB, Ch etc), Times Law Reports (TLR) amongst others.

Access using your IT username and password.

Need extra help? Kristina Voronenko is your LexisNexis Student Associate and can provide online research support to students and staff.
 

Westlaw

Westlaw is a huge database containing cases, legislation and journal articles. Searching for cases within Westlaw is a joy, particularly thanks to the Case Analysis function. This cool tool almost does your research for you, listing lots of extra stuff about a case; its history, where its been cited subsequently and, best of all, all the journal articles which talk about your case.

Law report series included in Westlaw include the Weekly Law Reports (WLR), The Law Reports (AC, QB, Ch etc), Fleet Street Reports (FSR), Common Market Law Reports (CMLR) and Housing Law Reports amongst others.

The journal collection is admirable; including the Conveyancer (Conv), Criminal Law Review (Crim L.R.), European Law Review (E.L.Rev), Law Quarterly Review (LQR), Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (OJLS) and Public Law (P.L.) as well as loads more...


HeinOnline

HeinOnline is an American database which offers access to a huge number of journals. Unlike Lexis or Westlaw it generally offers full coverage of journal titles, ie. from volume 1, issue 1.

It offers a wide selection of American Journals with extensive coverage, eg. Harvard Law Review (1887-), Yale Law Journal (1891-).

Its collection of English journals is growing and key ones to remember are as follows: Cambridge Law Journal (1921-), Industrial Law Journal (1972-1997), International and Comparative Law Quarterly (1952-), Law Quarterly Review (1885-), Legal Studies (1981-)

Access using your IT username and password.

There's a Hein App now too - http://home.heinonline.org/heinonline-app/

All databases require a City Law School student account for access. If you have trouble using a database, please email the Law Library or use the helpdesk form.

Electronic Journals, Reports and Texts

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All the e-journals, reports and texts available to City Law School students are collected on our separate E-texts Library where they are freely searchable and sortable according to many different categories and keywords.

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