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Learning Legal Skills and Reasoning

4th Edition

By Sharon Hanson


712 pages | 134 Color Illus.

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Language skills, study skills, argument skills and legal knowledge are vital to every law student, professional lawyer and academic. Learning Legal Skills and Reasoning discusses the main sources of English law and explains how to work with legal texts in order to construct credible legal arguments which can be applied in coursework, exams or presentations.

Learning Legal Skills and Reasoning

  • Discusses how to find and understand sources of both domestic and European Union Law
  • Develops effective disciplined study techniques, including referencing, general reading, writing and oral skills and explains how to make good use of the university print and e-library
  • Contains chapters on writing law essays, problem questions and examinations, and on oral skills including presentations and mediation skills

Packed full of practical examples and diagrams across the range of legal skills from language and research skills to mooting and negotiation, this textbook will be invaluable to law students seeking to acquire a range of discreet legal skills in order to use them together to produce competent assessed work.

Table of Contents

Part 1 : Sources of Law 1. Domestic Legislation 2. Domestic Case Law 3. European and International Treaties 4. The European Convention on Human Rights 5. European Union Law Part 2 : Finding the Law - Effective Legal Research 6. How to get the Most out of Your University Print and E-Library 7. How to Find Domestic and European Legislation 8. How to Find Domestic and European Cases 9. How to Find Secondary Material : Texts About Law Part 3 : Reading and Understanding Law 10. How to Read and Understand Domestic Cases 11. How to read and Understand Domestic Legislation 12. How to Read and Understand ECHR and EU Law Part 4: Legal Reasoning Skills 13. How to Construct an Argument 14. English Legal Reasoning: Theory and Practice 15. European Legal Reasoning Part 5: General Academic Skills 16. Study Skills 17. General Reading Skills 18. General Writing Skills 19. Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism 20. General Oral Skills Part 6: Law Assessments: Written & Oral 21. Writing Law Essays 22. Writing Aswers to Legal Problem Questions 23. Examination Strategies 24. Presentation Skills 25. Mooting Skills 26. Negotiation Skills 27. Mediation Skills (Ben Waters)

About the Author

Sharon Hanson is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Canterbury Christ Church University where she teaches Legal Method, Criminal Law and Employment Law. Her research interests lie in law and religion.

Subject Categories

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