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The Law Library Training Sessions are open to all students.

Topics include:

  • Finding court cases
  • Finding legislation
  • Finding court forms and precedents
  • Finding secondary legal materials

Book online from the Training page – places are limited

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Research Topic Guides give the most important and relevant resources to use in your legal research. Topics range from ADR to Torts.

Law Resources Quick Links

For more law resources take a look at the Research Topic Guides.

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Question of the Week

Are hardcopy or electronic resources better to use when doing legal research?

Find the answer here.

Types of Legal Materials

Legislation and Cases are the documents which contain the written records of the law. These are known as Primary Legal materials.

Extrinsic legal materials are documents, defined within a jurisdiction's Interpretation Act, which can be used in court to interpret the meaning and intent of legislation.  These usually consist of Parliamentary debates (Hansard) and Law Reform documents.

Secondary legal materials are those materials which are ABOUT the law.  Secondary materials include:

  • Books, journals and commentaries which discuss the law
  • Reference tools which help find the law (dictionaries, encyclopaedias, guides and directories).

NEW - Law Library Blog

The Law Librarians have pulled the Law News, Events and Resources posts into a blog which can be accessed at You can subscribe to the blog as well as search the old posts.

Murdoch Law Library

Law Library Murdoch
Judith Beach
Debra Smith

South Street Campus Library
Level 2 2.032B
(Through the 24/7 Learning Common)
(08) 9360 6283

Law Help Desk

The Law Help Desk is located in the Murdoch University Law Library - South Wing Level 3 of the South Street Campus Library.

It is staffed by senior law students who are there to assist you with your Library Research Tests and with legal research queries.

Semester hours:

Monday: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Tuesday: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Thursday: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Friday: 10.30am -1.30pm