The Law Student's Companion

A Guide to Getting Ahead

By Bridget Walker, Jane Taylor

© 2016 – Routledge

500 pages

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Paperback: 9780415695947
pub: 2016-05-31
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pub: 2016-05-31
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About the Book

In an increasingly demanding job market, The Law Student's Companion is the smart law student's essential guide to stand out from the crowd. An invaluable tool for all law students, whether on the LLB, GDL or LPC, The Law Student's Companion will work with you to help you channel your existing strengths, identify areas for improvement and provide essential practice to help you get the most out of your legal education, enhance your employment potential and become a better lawyer.

We all possess human skills at some level in our ability to communicate with others, work as part of a team and manage ourselves and our time. This book will take you beyond this familar territory to show how the skills you already possess can be honed and adapted to help you shine at interview or selection anel, and ultimately to be a better lawyer. Its unique, practical and incremental approach will help you build employment and legal skills for lifelong personal and professional development.

This book helps students to:

  • Assess their own current skills levels
  • Find ways of developing and testing new competencies
  • Engage in active reflection on further development.

The Law Student's Companion is based around a three-part structure. The first part shows you how to identify your existing skills, strengths and competencies (your 'human skills') and explains how development of these skills will enable you to get the most out of your legal study; part two focuses on 'employability or soft skills'. These are the skills which are assessed by all individuals whatever the industry. Walker et al show how your human skills relate to these employability skills, how to identify your strengths and weaknesses and how they can help you to develop. The third and final part of the book looks at key legal workplace skills and how the human and employability skills already examined can help to underpin these more specialist skills.

The Law Student's Companion is the essential tool to help you get the most out of your legal study, enhance your employment potential and master the skills required for a successful legal career.

Table of Contents

Section 1 Human Skills: 1. Communication 2. Social 3. Self Management 4. Being an Effective Law Student and Learner Section 2 Employment Skills: 5. Application for Employment 6. Employment Skills and Communication Skills 7. Working with other people 8. Being an effective employee Section 3 Legal Skills: 9. Legal communication skills 10. Working with other people in a legal environment 11. Being an effective lawyer

About the Authors

Bridget Walker is a Principal Lecturer at Leeds Law School and a member of the School Management Team. She specialises in the Law of Real Property and in Equity and the Law of Trusts. She has authored or co-authored several books and delivered a number of CPD courses to professionals. She is currently in the process of authoring equity and trusts learning materials.

Natalie Ledgard is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Law School. Natalie is the Course Leader for the BA Criminal Justice and Law and the BA Law with Criminology and has previously been the Course Leader for the Post Graduate Diploma in Law as well as the International Representative for the Faculty.

Natalie currently teaches on the LLB, BA and the Post Graduate Diploma.

Jane Taylor is a Senior lecturer at Leeds Law School. Jane currently teaches on the LLB and the Post Graduate Diploma in Law. Her interests include Land Law, Equity and the Law of Trusts, Family law, Child law and the law on Criminal Evidence. She has written for the Solicitor’s Journal.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General