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Book review – Writing for Law (Dave Powell and Emma Teare)

I went for a browse through my local Waterstones this evening and spotted a new release in the law section – Writing for Law (Palgrave Study Skills) by Dave Powell and Emma Teare (ISBN: 978-0-230-23644-8). It has a section on dissertation technique so I naturally snapped it up like the terrified fourth year I now am. I took it home and read the first section on the bus.

Impressions so far

Long and the short of it: I think it’s a great book. I read it with my heart in my mouth looking at all the obvious but elusive things I had not quite been doing all these years. It’s a book that all law students should read, either to teach you something or to reassure you that you’re doing it right afterall.

It covers things including

  • how to cite,
  • what sources count as authoritative,
  • study and skill guides,
  • paper and electronic references,
  • plaigraism,
  • structure,
  • planning,
  • editing
  • research,
  • how to present,
  • how to moot,
  • how to study,
  • how to sit an exam,
  • examples of marking outcomes,
  • learning outcomes (including for your entire degree),
  • identifying dissertation topics,
  • writing dissertations and extended essays.

It’s all really handy stuff and it’s the sort of thing that you really need to know to be able to be really confident about what you’re handing in. It is written from an English perspective (the authors are Senior Lecturers in Law at Teeside University) but the basic skills are immediately transferrable – you have to answer the question no matter where you are.

On the other hand this is another reason to have done a degree before doing law.

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Book review EU law – Jacqueline Martin and Chris Turner

“The comprehensive guide to all the facts”
“The law at your fingertips… Key facts has been specifically written for students studying Law. It is the essential revision tool for a broad range of law courses.
Written and edited by an expert team of authors whose experience means they know exactly what is required in a revision aid. They include examiners, barristers and lecturers. They have brought their expertise and knowledge to the series to make it user-friendly and accessible.

Company Law
Constitutional Law
Administrative Law
Consumer Law
Contract Law
Criminal Law
Employment Law
The English Legal System
Equity and Trusts
Evidence Law
Family Law
Human Rights
Jurisprudence
Land Law
Tort

Chris Turner LLM is a qualified barrister and Senior Lecturer in Law at Wolverhampton University. He has taught law at all levels. He is also series editor of Unlocking the Law and Key Cases, both p¬ublished by Hodder Arnold.
Jacqueline Martin LLM has ten years experience as a practicing barrister and has taught law at all levels. She is also series editor of Unlocking the Law and Key Cases, both published by Hodder Arnold.

It’s a very good book for people who are studying EC law – unfortunately, as found I when I came to do my assignment, it’s almost too good and I found myself constantly trying to reword my own essay to avoid any copying of the book’s extremely useful potted outline. Despite being a very small book it manages to contain all the information that you might possibly require for an introduction, all backed up immediately with primary sources – quotes from the official English European Court of Justice judgements and English version of the relevant Treaties.

Student Law Review

I dropped by my law school this week on the way to the library and picked up a copy of the current student law magazines while I was there.

The Student Law Review, published by Routledge Cavendish is a publication bordering on the “terrifyingly polished” and I find it to be a very interesting read that I try to pick up whenever I can.

I’ve done a quick and rough digest of the contents of this edition, and it’s a very, very long post so I’ve added it after the break. I will be back later to fact check but right now I’m just impressed at myself for getting this typed up. These are in no way the whole articles, or indeed perfect outlines of the articles themselves, I was more interested in putting out what the publication covers instead of violating the copyright on the articles themselves:

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