Online Legal Research using

Made by barristers, awesome for law students

In this video Sue Yap takes us through ways in which students can use – another open source Australian legal database. Below the video you’ll find information about how to access the professional features and a handy set of resources that will help you with searching in Jade.

What you’ll find in this video:

  • 00:55 – Jade free / Jade professional
  • 01:32 – Why use Jade? Find cases quickly
  • 03:35 – Strategies for digging deeper when you know the case citation
  • 04:45 – Using Jade to read cases
  • 05:19 – Keywords searching
  • 06:36 – More about boolean
  • 08:21 – What can you find in Jade?
  • 09:14 – Looking for legislation – and the cases that cite / interpret that legislation
  • 10:12 – When you know what section you need
  • 11:13 – Summing up
  • 11:46 – And a bit more about using those cute little clips?

More about using Jade – some search tips

Getting Access to Jade Professional

Law Students can access Professional version and then have access to all of the tools Sue shows us in the video – without any charge – for the duration of their law degree.

To take advantage of this:

  1. Open an account on Jade by going to and registering. Use your university email address.
  2. When you are registered, click on the “Talk to an editor” button. Let them know you’re a law student and that you would like access to the professional version. They’ll need to know what law school you’re at and your estimated completion date.
  3. Alternatively, you can email with the same information and they will send you the details.
  4. Be nice! It’s a super generous offer!