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How the Law Works

3rd Edition

By Gary Slapper

© 2014 – Routledge

308 pages

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pub: 2013-10-24
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How the Law Works is a refreshingly clear and reliable guide to the legal system in the UK. Offering interesting and comprehensive coverage, it makes sense of all the curious features of the law in day to day life and in current affairs.

Explaining the law and legal jargon in plain English, it provides an accessible entry point to the different types of law and legal techniques, as well as the impact of European law and human rights law. In addition to explaining the role of judges, lawyers, juries and parliament, it clarifies the mechanisms behind criminal and civil law.

How the Law Works is essential reading for anyone approaching law for the first time, or for anyone who is interested in an engaging introduction to the subject’s bigger picture.


"How the Law Works is a gem of a book, for law students and for everyone else. It is a must read for anyone interested in how society is shaped and controlled via law." Steven Vaughan, solicitor, Lecturer in Law, University of Bristol

"How the Law Works is a very useful companion to anyone embarking on the study of law." Andrew Baker, Liverpool John Moores University

"How the Law Works is a comprehensive, witty and easy-to-read guide to the law. I thoroughly recommend it to non-lawyers who want to improve their knowledge of the legal system and to potential students as an introduction to the law of England and Wales." HH Judge Lynn Tayton QC

Reviews of the first edition:

"An easy-to-read, fascinating book … brimful with curios, anecdote and explanation." The Times

"A friendly, readable and surprisingly entertaining overview of what can be a daunting and arcane subject to the outsider." The Law Teacher

Table of Contents

1. The Importance of Law 2. Judges 3. Lawyers 4. Cases and the Courts 5. Case Technique 6. Interpreting Acts of Parliament 7. Types of Law 8. The Jury 9. Language and Law 10. Miscellany

About the Author

Professor Gary Slapper is Global Professor at New York University, and the author of many major law books, and academic articles. He is a door tenant at 36 Bedford Row, the Chambers of Frances Oldham QC, and a writer on Law for The Times. He is also a columnist for The Times online.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Reference