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Legal research and writing

This guide provides an introduction to legal research and writing for law students.

Blogs and web-based secondary legal materials

Most legal blogs and websites are subject specific and many are written by well-known or respected legal practitioners or scholars.

As with all materials available for free on the Internet, care must be taken. Many legal websites or blogs are directed to potential clients or reflect a particular viewpoint.

Like other secondary resources, websites and blogs can be used for commentary and interpretation and as resources for finding other materials.

Legal news and magazines

Legal blogs

Canadian legal blogs:

This resource is a continually-updated list of useful legal blogs in Canada. Blogs are categorized in various ways including by author type (firm, library, law school, law student, etc) and by topic:

US legal blogs:

Below are regularly updated directories of US legal blogs. Similar to Lawblogs.ca they are categorized by topic, author type, and region:

Blog aggregators:

These resources pull in case comments, newsletters, and blogs from various law firms and organizations:

Note: Mondaq, Lexology, and similar sites might ask you to make an account to view the article, no need to do this - just use it to find a title that looks useful then search for the article name and firm name on Google to find full text on the firm's website.

UVic Law Library blog:

Hearsay, the UVic Law Library blog is an excellent resource for keeping up to date about new titles in the Law Library as well as legal information resources and research tools.

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