1st Edition

Thinking Critically About Law
A Student's Guide

ISBN 9781138125377
Published February 13, 2018 by Routledge
224 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

So you’ve arrived at university, you’ve read the course handbook and you’re ready to learn the law. But is knowing the law enough to get you the very best marks? And what do your lecturers mean when they say you need to develop critical and analytical skills? When is it right to put your own views forward? What are examiners looking for when they give feedback to say that your work is too descriptive?

This book explores what it means to think critically and offers practical tips and advice for students to develop the process, skill and ability of thinking critically while studying law. The book investigates the big questions such as: What is law? and What is ‘thinking critically’? How can I use critical thinking to get better grades in assessments? What is the role of critical thinking in the work place? These questions and more are explored in Thinking Critically About Law.

Whether you have limited prior experience of critical thinking or are looking to improve your performance in assessments, this book is the ideal tool to help you enhance your capacity to question, challenge, reflect and problematize what you learn about the law throughout your studies and beyond.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Introduction

I. TCAL’s Aims

II. Why is it Important to Have an Inquisitive Mind when Studying Law?

III. Why Study Law at University?

Part I: Thinking Critically about Law in Theory

Chapter Two: What is ‘Critical Thinking’?

I. What is ‘Thinking’?

II. Why is it Important to Think ‘Critically’ About Law?

III. Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking

Chapter Three: What is ‘Law’? Thinking Critically About Legal Perspectives

I. Legal Perspectives and The Study of Law

II. Seven Key Legal Perspectives

Part II: Thinking Critically about Law in Practice

Chapter Four: Putting Critical Thinking Into Legal Practice

I. The Critical Reading and Writing Process

II. Thinking Critically in the Classroom

III. Extra-Curricular Activities

Chapter Five: Thinking Critically About Assessments

I. Writing Critical Essays

II. How to Think Critically About Exams

III. Thinking Critically About Group Assessments

Chapter Six: Thinking Critically in the Workplace and Beyond

I. Thinking Ethically About Law

II. Critical Thinking in the Workplace

III. Critical Instincts

Chapter Seven: Conclusion

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A. R. Codling has over a decade’s experience studying and teaching law at the Universities of Cardiff, Leeds, Reading and Sussex and is currently a tutor in problem-based learning at York Law School.