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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.
Learning Legal Skills and Reasoning provides students with the toolkit they need in order to successfully engage in academic legal study. From finding the law using both print and electronic resources, learning about legal contexts and how to read and analyse primary sources, writing the law using correct referencing and learning to construct an argument and to critique and evaluate the law using secondary sources, the book then moves on to oral skills such as mooting and presentations before finishing with examination and assessment skills.
Acquiring key legal skills is essential to the successful study of law and recent years have seen a growth in emphasis on skills acquisition. The book covers all of the core skills which are taught on such modules and has been thoroughly revised and edited to more closely mirror the structure of core undergraduate courses. Chapters will be renamed to mirror course structure and headings and sub-headings will more clearly signpost the material in each section.
As well as focusing on the basic legal skills which students must acquire in order to be successful in the study of law, Learning Legal Skills and Reasoning also contains a strong focus on Legal Method - the techniques used to analyse and apply the law and Legal Reasoning ? the thinking by which a judge comes to make a decision. This is essential in taking students beyond basic legal study skills to begin to analyse and apply case law, interpret statutes, understand the doctrine of judicial precedent, and to be able to formulate credible legal arguments which will be applied in coursework, exams or presentations.