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The Basics of Getting Legal Content for Online Legal Research

by Vaibhav Kumar Pragyan Institute of Education

Online legal research is one of the most important aspects of law and paralegals need to be incredibly proficient in carrying out legal research. Legal research is also one of those things that take in practice and time to be fully mastered. Legal researchers, lawyers and paralegals can not only benefit from carrying out legal research but it might also give them the scope to enjoy their profession. For the ones who are into the legal field and also for the ones who are outside this field, it is more important to find the law rather than knowing it. Being proficient at legal research serves as a stepping stone for a great career in the legal field, the ones who are not able to get valid legal resource or legal content for research efficiently and accurately might not be successful paralegals.

Two Important Methods of Performing Legal Research

Legal research can be performed using two methods. The first method is probably the initial method of performing legal research by using books of cases written on paper and law library. The other method is he more modern and technologically savvy procedure of performing legal research online by using different online programs. Nowadays, carrying out online legal research is the method that is increasingly being chosen by majority of the law firms. This is probably due to the fact that online research on legal issues and cases is the quickest and the easiest method of performing research.

Understanding Common Law is Important

The paralegals that are bent on performing online legal research in the best way possible should have a clear understanding of the sources where they can get legal content for research. It is important for them to have an idea of the best legal resource in the country that they are serving. The very first thing that they should know about is common law or previous cases. Common law is the legal body that frames and derives by way of judicial decisions. Judges follow an even use the case laws for determining present disputes. This concept is known as stare decisis. This doctrine stands like once the courts announce a certain law principle, the same would be followed in cases of similar nature in the future.

Statutes and Constitutions as Important Legal Resources

The other important legal resources for legal research include statutes and constitutions. A constitution is basically a document that puts forward the principles associated to regulations and organizations of state or federal government. It states the fundamental law for a state or a nation. On the other hand, a statute is a law that is passed by a certain legislative body. Administrative regulations are also considered important legal resources.


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