This is the second year that the LLB students have completed their certification in Westlaw UK as part of their legal skills training.
We run the certification programme for a number of reasons – employability (it’s a great way to show quickly that you are familiar with all aspects of the Westlaw database), improving skills (it’s not easy!) and introducing students to areas of Westlaw they may not have used before such as Westlaw Insight. We start the session with a quick Prezi which aims to explain to students why it’s such a useful string to their bow… getting them to think about how a familiarity with a legal resource (that they will probably go on to use in legal training and then practice) is a cut above being able to google “law on dangerous dogs”… We use quotes from the Law Society Gazette to explain that solicitors may risk breaching conduct rules if they use non-specialist resources to find information… we tell them how many students have already got certified over the last couple of years (8,900 for the basic certification).
We run through the sort of information the students need to know – it becomes a bit of a revision session on sections in Acts and judicial precedence. Then we set them the task of completing the certification and producing the certificate. Some students are already asking about the Advanced Certification, and LexisLibrary also offers a certification test which I’ll encourage them to do.
Any law students wanting to have a go at the test, let me or your Westlaw rep, Humaira know. You can either work through the e-learning modules on the certification page, or ask one of us for a one-to-one session. Feel free to email me for more information at [email protected].
Laksh, Law Librarian.