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BIALL Legal Information Literacy Statement


BIALL established a working group in February this year with a brief to develop suitable legal information literacy standards for use by our colleagues in all sectors of law librarianship in the UK.

The Working group comprised the following people from different sectors of the profession:

  • Emily Allbon – City University, London
  • Ruth Bird – Oxford University
  • Natasha Choolhun – The College of Law
  • Peter Clinch – Cardiff University (retired); Legal Research teacher and consultant
  • Tracey Dennis – Inner Temple Library
  • Julie Ferris – Allen & Overy
  • Kathy Jacob – Pinsent Masons
  • Loyita Worley – Reed Smith

The Statement prepared by the Working Group was circulated at, and after, our annual conference for comments, and these were incorporated as appropriate; it was then approved by BIALL Council. We would especially like to thank Natasha Choolhun for her work and enthusiasm as secretary and recorder of our many and varied thoughts and ideas.

The BIALL Legal Information Literacy Statement aims to enable law students, at both the academic and vocational stage of training, to develop comprehensive legal research skills following a five stage model. Each of the five stages is expanded into separate competency based  learning outcomes. These competency based  learning outcomes are derived from the legal research learning outcomes as specified by the following UK legal professional bodies – the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority), the BSB (Bar Standards Board) & ILEX (Institute of Legal Executives). 

It is with great pleasure that we share the Statement, together with the Digital Literacy Lens from SCONUL, with the law librarian communities, and we hope that you will find it a useful resource in planning your legal research training in whichever sector you are based.


Ruth Bird
Chair, BIALL Working Group on Legal Information Literacy.