4th Edition

Learning Legal Skills and Reasoning

ISBN 9780415830195
Published September 1, 2015 by Routledge
712 Pages 134 Color Illustrations

USD $67.95

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Book Description

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)

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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.

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