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Keeping up to date in Law


An independent news source devoted exclusively to legal news, Lawyerly is the daily current awareness tool of choice for Australia's best commercial lawyers.  Enter your email address to receive a daily newsletter delivered to your inbox:


Google News

A Google alert can be used to monitor news published on the internet. To set one up, go to Google Alerts. When entering your search terms try to be as specific as possible to avoid retrieving too many irrelevant results. Here are a few tips:

  • If you only want results from newspapers or news websites, select News from the results type drop-down list
  • Enter phrases in double quotation marks, e.g. "exit tax"
  • Use a minus sign (-) in front of words you want to exclude, e.g. FSA -food
  • Use the site: operator to limit your search to specific sites, e.g. oman
  • To exclude results from a specific site use the -site operator, e.g. "alex salmond"

Once you are happy with your search, decide whether you want to receive alerts by email or RSS. If you choose email, you will need to have a googlemail or gmail email address. Finally, click "create alert".

Latest International Legal News from OUP

To set up an alert on the Oxford International Law Reports (ORIL) website, go to the ORIL Homepage and select the RSS 'latest content'  link near the bottom of the page, and subscribe to the alert. 

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Timebase Daily Legislation News - Australia

Timebase offers a free daily news email on legislative and other legal developments.

To subscribe, simply click on the 'Free Legislation News' button and enter your email address.  

WestlawAu Legal News - Australia

Alert24 (access for University of melbourne staff and students only) is Westlaw Au's current awareness service, providing the latest details on Australian legal and regulatory developments in key areas of practice. Alert24 content is updated throughout the day. Alert24 also features comment and analysis on current and emerging issues. To access Alert24, login to Westlaw Au and from the Search Westlaw home page use the + icons to open the News and Current Awareness menu until you see the Alert24 topics.

Alert24's broad topic areas can be customised by saving a search within the topic and setting up an alert on the saved search.

Users receive regular e-mail alerts or RSS feeds. 

There are useful user guides for setting up email alerts and RSS feeds.

Latest Global Legal News

Legal news and developments from around the world from the Library of Congress' Global Legal Monitor. It is updated frequently and draws on information from official national legal publications, and reliable press sources. You can subscribe to all news, or narrow the alert to particular jurisdictions or topics. Alerts are available by email or RSS.


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