Identify

First, identify your location. There are many ways of doing this. Here are five ideas;

  1. Teachers – you may be doing the mapping as part of an induction, or group work or module activity. In that case, your teacher may give you the location or tell you how to identify one. Otherwise, you can simply approach your law teachers and ask them about legal events that occurred in or are linked to your town/city/region.
  2. Local knowledge – you know where your local legal hotspots are; the courts, the council hall, the power station that was subject to the major legal challenge. Why not use one of those?
  3. Current events – for the law student, it seems as though half the news stories at any moment have an important legal angle. You could map the places where they are happening.
  4. Studies – the cases you study in any of your modules (e.g. Contract, Tort, Criminal, Land, Medical, Sports, Public) often involve disputes about, or are located in, particular places.
  5. Legal databases – most law students have access to Westlaw or Lexis Library. You can search for the location you are interested in. You may want to limit your search to ‘cases’ and add sufficient detail to narrow your search (e.g. ‘Blackburn’ will return lots of people and companies with that name; use ‘Blackburn’ AND ‘Lancashire’ for more relevant results).

If you cannot find exactly where the location is, do not worry at this stage. There are tips on dealing with this in the Map section below.

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