The essential guide to online legal research

Course ID WA210310_PSK1

  • Webinar
  • 3.5
  • Foundation

The skill to conduct legal research is indispensable for lawyers regardless of area or type of practice. As most researchers know, it is far more difficult than it seems and yet remains a core skill to the practice of law. 

Online legal research has increasingly become common practice amongst the profession, offering the benefits of increased work flow and efficient use of practitioners’ time.

This interactive live webinar, presented by legal research expert, Natalie Wieland, Founder and Head of Product, VidVersity, will explore methods of computerised legal research, and the essential skills and techniques that will aid you in your day-to-day practice.

Attendees from past intake: 

  • “Natalie was terrific – knowledgeable and good teaching style.  Excellent idea to have attendees bring their own devices to work through practical exercises.  Thank you.”
  • “Very useful. Glad I was here.”
  • “Excellent presenter; a takeaway with lots of knowledge!”
  • “Very resourceful and useful.”

At the end of this live webinar, you will earn 3 CPD points. 

The time listed for this course is Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT). Please take note of any time differences if you are registering from QLD, WA, SA, NT or from outside Australia. 


Full Price $297.00

Alumni/Member Price $267.30


Start date:

02 March 2021

End date:

02 March 2021


1.30pm AEDT - 5.00pm

About This Course


1.30pm: Login and welcome Facilitator: Natalie Wieland, CPD Interactive Founder and Head of Product, Vidversity.


1.35pm: Basic principles of online legal research


2.20pm: Identification and retrieval of relevant sources
  • Online case law
  • Finding legislation
3.05pm: Stretch break


3.25pm: Secondary resources
  • How to access secondary resources


4.10pm: Practical demonstration of key online legal databases and tools
  • Citation examples and techniques
  • Quick tips and skills for the future


5.00pm: Close


Designed for

This webinar is ideal for all practitioners nationally at any level who are interested in refreshing their skills.

This webinar is produced in NSW and features practitioners based in VIC. This webinar is available to practitioners from all Australian jurisdictions.


Claiming CPD units

If you intend to claim CPD units for this educational activity, please note that CPD activities are not accredited by the Law Society of NSW or any other equivalent local authority, with the exception of Western Australia. If this educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. The annual requirement is ten (10) CPD units each year from 1 April to 31 March. Some practitioners, such as accredited specialists are required to complete more than ten (10) units each CPD year. If you are in any doubt, you should check your local rules. If you practise in Western Australia, please check local rules regarding interactive activities and note that the College of Law is recognised by the Legal Practice Board of WA as a QA provider of CPD.


Mandatories Covered

The program covers the mandatory requirement of Practice Management and Professional Skills.


Presenter biography

Natalie Wieland Natalie Wieland
CPD Interactive, Founder and Head of Product, VidVersity

Natalie practised in commercial, family, and criminal law for several years’ before going on to complete a post graduate degree in information technology.

In 2008, Natalie launched CPD interactive, an online continuing professional development platform for lawyers. Natalie’s main focus for CPD interactive was to drive quality, cost effective online professional development in Australia.

Natalie’s passion for education allowed her to further draw on her legal tech skills to create VidVersity, a leading Video EdTech creating easy ways to deliver high impact video courses and assessment inside learning management systems, of which she is Founder, and Head of Product.

Natalie is also current staff at Melbourne University Law School where she teaches Legal Research Skills to Masters’ and international students.


Mandatories Covered

Please be aware that this webinar organised by the College of Law may be recorded for use on our websites, marketing materials and publications. By attending and participating in a College of Law Continuing Professional Development course, you consent to the College of Law photographing or recording and using your image and likeness and/or voice.