Language skills, study skills, argument skills and the skills associated with dispute resolution are vital to every law student, professional lawyer and academic. The 5th edition of Learning Legal Skills and Reasoning draws on a range of areas of law to show how these key skills can be learnt and mastered, bridging the gap between substantive legal subjects and the skills required to become a successful law student.
The book is split into four sections:
- Sources of law: Including domestic, European and international law.
- Working with the law: Featuring advice on how to find and understand the most appropriate legislation and cases.
- Applying your research: How to construct a legal argument, answer a problem question and present orally (mooting).
- Skills for solving disputes: From negotiation to mediation and beyond.
Packed full of practical examples and diagrams to illustrate each legal skill, this new edition has been fully updated and now includes a new chapter on drafting. It will be an essential companion for any student wishing to acquire the legal skills necessary to become a successful law student.
Table of Contents
PART 1: SOURCES OF LAW
1 Domestic legislation
2 Domestic case law
3 European and international law
4 Human rights
PART 2: WORKING WITH THE LAW
5 General study skills
6 Finding material
7 Reading and understanding domestic legislation
8 Reading and understanding cases
PART 3: APPLYING YOUR RESEARCH
9 Constructing an argument
10 Writing law essays (including referencing)
11 Answering legal problem questions
12 Oral presentations and mooting
PART 4: SKILLS FOR RESOLVING DISPUTES
14 Negotiation skills
16 Drafting skills
Tobias Kliem is the Head of Arden University’s Berlin Campus. Previously, he worked as Programme Lead in Law at Oxford Brookes University and as a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. His research interests and teaching expertise lie in the field of constitutional, European and international law.
Ben Waters is Principal Lecturer in Law at Canterbury Christ Church University; he is also a qualified Solicitor (non-practising) and an accredited Mediator. He has a particular interest in dispute resolution and specifically mediation, areas in which he has active teaching, scholarly and research interests.