Library and Electronic Resources
Lawlinks is internationally recognised as a leading gateway to legal information on the internet. Created and then redesigned by our previous Librarians Sarah Carter, and then Diane Raper, it has won a number of awards - it was one of the first winners of a Law Zone top site award, won the Lex Websites prize for the best electronic information resource in 2000, the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians' prize in 2000. Lawlinks is now maintained by our Law Librarian Ben Watson.
Though Lawlinks is freely available to other law schools (and heavily used by them) it is a real advantage to our students to have Ben available to give training and to deal with queries in person.
The Law Library
Our Electronic Law Library
Our electronic library is a state-of-the-art collection of subscription databases selected and maintained by Ben Watson. There is extensive online help in the Law Resources pages but, as with Lawlinks, the ability of our Law Librarians to train and to help our students in person makes all the difference.
Electronic Law Library site - you are welcome to browse the site to see what we have available, but access to the material itself is limited to Kent Law School students.
Our Paper Library
We do still use paper too! Ben and his support staff maintain a good-quality law library of books and periodicals. Browse the library pages for information on the law library and the University library generally.
Kent Law School ICT
Our pioneering use of study pages for web delivery of material was recognised as excellent by the panel which reviewed Kent Law School in 2002, and by the award of a National Teaching Fellowship to our Director of IT, Nick Jackson (the only such award to a lawyer at any university that year).
- We now continue to innovate and use the Universities VLE (virtual learning environment) Moodle.
- In exemption modules, other first-year modules, and many of the bigger options, lectures are made available on the web as .mp3 sound files soon after they are delivered live. This facility is invaluable when you have to miss attending a lecture in person and gives your learning a lot more flexibility.
- Listen to a lecture recording on Harm from the Criminal Law module (delivered in 2006/7)
- We use Video feedback to help students develop core skills.
- In all modules, electronic copies of the handouts are available on the web. You still receive hard copy but the web backup is really helpful in avoiding practical hassles - it means that losing the hard copy or not being present when it is handed out does not disrupt your work.
- all staff staff keep in close contact with their students using email and Moodle message boards. You can get you university email sent to your mobile.
- Many student groups have a web presence.
- Some modules use multiple choice assessments delivered in Moodle.
- Written work is submitted via Turnitin, to help detect plagarism.
We believe in the central importance of student/student and student/teacher discussion. These uses of the web are to support and enhance traditional teaching methods, not to substitute for them.
Help and training
The best resources are no use if you cannot use them. Whatever your previous experience (or lack of it!) you will receive the training you need to work with our resources as a student and to develop the ICT skills needed today in legal practice. As well as Ben Watson and Nick Jackson, Kent Law School has a full-time ICT administrator, Mark Dean and a Moodle specialist Miles Couling. All four are involved in training and available for help, and we also work closely with the University computing service and its helpdesk.
- You receive an extensive loose-leaf guide to Kent Law School ICT as well as the general University resource book for ICT
- Initial training and help from staff and experienced students is built in to our orientation programme and continued into the your substantive modules
- Help is always available