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4th Edition

Legal Writing

ISBN 9781138840683
Published March 23, 2016 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

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. It 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, and for GDL and CPE students too.

This fully revised fourth edition includes:

    • Guidance on the avoidance of plagiarism including examples of poor practice and best practice.
    • Worked examples throughout the text, including guidance on deciphering essay questions in exams and coursework

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.

Table of Contents

1.How to Do Well in Assessments  2. Essay Writing  3.Answering Problem Questions  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. Legal Writing in Exams and How to Prepare  9.Using Feedback to Improve Performance

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Dr. Lisa Webley is Professor of Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Westminster and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. She teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including constitutional and administrative law, family law, legal skills, the English legal system and research methods. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Amy Codling, Reading University, UK: "I cannot recommend Lisa’s book to students enough. I did not have such a companion as Legal Writing during my time as an undergraduate and it took me a long time to understand what was expected in terms of legal writing at University level. Lisa’s book provides succinct and accessible help support to students understanding of the academic expectations for a first class law degree."

Joanne Atkinson, Portsmouth University, UK: "The book is friendly and accessible and reads like a discussion with a tutor. The tone is upbeat and constructive and encourages the student to view their learning in the wider context of legal advice and practice. It is very clear and specific in explaining how to improve technique."