Lawbore, revamped – online gateway to legal resources

Guest post by Lawbore

The Lawbore website was born a whole decade ago, in 2002, at a time when there were few websites for lawyers or law students. Today of course, all branches of the legal profession enjoys consuming and creating online commentary around the law, but then there was then little content out there generated by lawyers.

Lawbore was created by the law librarian at City University London (Emily Allbon) as a basic gateway to resources. Initially it aimed to raise awareness of free legal resources for those students finding it hard to distinguish between poor and quality sources, but Lawbore has expanded enormously over the years.

A summer revamp has waved goodbye to the well-known Lawbore green and heralded in a new slick look for all parts of the site, whilst still retaining its element of fun. If you’ve not come across the site before here is a rundown of what it does:

  • Directory: mini guides to free resources split into subject areas
  • City Hub: aimed primarily at City law students – includes all e-resource information, law school news and an extensive Law Events directory for things going on in London
  • Future Lawyer: careers blog complete with news articles, interviews and event reviews.
  • Learnmore: legal skills wiki containing videos, articles and talking slideshows on legal writing, careers, legal writing and a massive Moots section. Here’s what one of City’s students said about Learnmore:

“I feel like when you get to law school you’re forced to hit the ground running, often so quickly that you feel like you’re completely unprepared for the challenges that get thrown at you. However, Learnmore breaks down the foundations of being a successful law student into bite-sized pieces, albeit pieces with great graphics and cool designs. It helps you teach yourself things you might not think you’re capable of doing. I learned how to moot from Learnmore…”

What’s unique to Lawbore is that it has been built around the experience of City students, each year adding new content and features directly as a result of Emily’s day-to-day contact with her students. Both current students and alumni also get involved in creating content. This isn’t a service just for City students either – the majority of content is freely available to everyone.

Find out more about the development of the site or get in touch with Emily if you’d like to get involved: @lawbore / contact details.

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