Second Set of Advanced Internet Studies for Lawyers
This is a course with 5 hours CPD for reasonably experienced internet users exploring topics with legal
relevance, mainly related to international resources - USA, Europe and worldwide.
Note that the first and second sets cover
different material, qualify for separate CPD points and can be taken in either order.
Now available in an August 2009 edition.
AccreditationThe materials (part reading matter and part online tutorials) can be used to qualify for CPD hours as follows:
There is a straight forward test required for this course, submitted online. See below for more details.
Course Aims and contentsStudy One - Most Important Legal Sites in Europe
The Study looks at the most important sites in Europe - the Europa site, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights (particularly the searchable database of Human Rights Opinions) and the International Court of Justice.
Study Two - Most Important Legal Sites across the World
The Study starts with the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) which has become the model worldwide for the dissemination of free legal information, including the British and Irish Legal Information Institute, BAILII. It then looks at important sites in the USA and also gives some tips as to how to find legal information in other countries, using a number of worldwide legal "compendium" sites.
Study Three - Specifically Scottish Legal Sites
The Scottish Parliament has been in operation for several years now and the study looks at the way it is presenting Parliamentary Information. The study also looks at Scottish Legislation, the Scottish Courts Website, the Scottish Government site and the Scottish Law Society site.
Study Four - Legal Resources Provided by Barristers
Several chambers are now providing very useful (free) legal resources on the web. From a chambers point of view, this is a good way of proving expertise. The study looks at some of the most important legal resources provided by chambers.
Study Five - Legal Resources Provided by Solicitors
Many firms of solicitors provide information on their web sites for potential clients but some firms have gone beyond this to provide a free standing legal resource which is of use not only to potential clients but also to the legal community at large. The study looks at some of the most important legal resources provided by firms of solicitors.
Intended Learning OutcomesOn completion of this course, you will have an awareness of:
Course TestThere is a straight forward test required for this course, submitted online. The questions are not on substantive issues of the law but are designed to check that you have read the materials provided, visited some of the main legal web sites described and considered the issues involved.
The questions are provided online and the practitioner can see the questions whilst going through the materials (but should note that the questions change from time to time).
There are ten questions. Most of the questions consist of two parts.
I am normally able to mark the tests, and send an email indicating whether or not you have passed, within 2 working days.
The pass rate is 70 percent and practitioners may submit one further set of questions if they fail the test the first time.
Special BonusAs a special bonus we will include a complimentary subscription to the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers & Law 2.0 until the end of 2010 (usual price £45) with any two courses purchased. This essentially keeps you up to date with legal web developments for a whole year. If you already have a subscription to the Newsletter in the same name, your subscription period will be extended to the end of 2010.
Course EvaluationThere is an online form available for this purpose, which the practitioner can fill in after submitting the online test. Questions asked:
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