5th Edition

Legal Writing

By Lisa Webley Copyright 2024
    240 Pages 32 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 32 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Legal Writing guides students comprehensively through this vital legal skill and addresses a range of assessment methods from exam questions to final essays and problem answers. It considers how to deconstruct essay and problem questions and how to conduct and apply legal research to answer set questions.

    Lisa Webley explains how to reference others’ work clearly and correctly, making this book a useful tool for students concerned about issues of plagiarism. Legal Writing also focuses on how to develop critical thinking and communicate legal arguments, with both good and bad examples of written work considered and discussed in the text.

    Legal Writing is particularly useful for undergraduate students, especially at the beginning of degree studies, as well as for those preparing for the SQE exams. This fully revised fifth edition includes:

    • Guidance on how to avoid plagiarism, including examples of the best and worst practices
    • Worked examples throughout the text, including how to decipher essay questions in exams and coursework
    • An expanded set of accompanying digital learning resources with increased guidance for revision to allow students to test their progress and further engage with the topics in the book.

    Clearly written and easy to use, Legal Writing enables students to fully engage with essay and exam writing as a vital foundation to their undergraduate degree.

    An Introduction to Legal Writing 1. How to Do Well in Assessments 2. Answering Problem Questions 3. Essay Writing 4. Writing Extended Essays and Dissertations 5. How to Apply Research Findings in Your Writing 6. Correct Referencing 7. Completing, Polishing and Presenting Your Work 8. How to Prepare for Exams 9. Using Feedback to Improve Performance  Answers to Questions


    Lisa Webley, PhD, is Chair in Legal Education and Research of Birmingham Law School at the University of Birmingham and Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. She teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including a range of public law modules, legal skills, the English legal system, and research methods. She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.