How To Write Better Law Essays And Exams

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This book gives students an excellent introduction to expectations of assessments at undergraduate level. It is written by an experienced law tutor who knows not only what a good law essay is but also has a good grasp on what it is that students both want and need to know. - Nick Taylor, Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds The text provides a useful step by step guiThis book gives students an excellent introduction to expectations of assessments at undergraduate level. It is written by an experienced law tutor who knows not only what a good law essay is but also has a good grasp on what it is that students both want and need to know. - Nick Taylor, Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds The text provides a useful step by step guide, not only on how students should be doing things, but why they should be doing things. As such it is a useful tool in demystifying legal education, and in bridging the gap between staff and student expectations and perceptions. - Charlotte Smith, Lecturer at the University of Reading Do you want to improve your performance in your law assessments? Many students find the demands of undergraduate law coursework and exams daunting. To succeed, you need to write with great clarity and precision, to employ sound referencing and citation skills, to research and refer to a variety of primary and secondary sources and to be critical and analytical in your work. Furthermore, you will be expected to write with an air of legal professionalism and support your arguments with legal authority. How to Write Better Law Essayshelps you tackle legal assignments with confidence to maximise your chances of achieving high grades. This book is your step-by-step guide to planning, writing and succeeding in all forms of law assessment. Features * Covers the main types of legal assessment: --Essays --Problem questions --Exam questions --Extended essays and dissertations. * Gives practical examples of good and bad legal writing technique, highlighting good legal skills in action, and helping you to spot and avoid poor technique. * A dedicated Companion Website www.pearsoned.co.uk/foster includes practice exercises for each chapter and a You be the Marker' activity to help you hone your skills further The book will be invaluable to law students on undergraduate courses, joint law courses, professional courses such as CPE and ILEX, and those studying A-level and GSCE law. It can be referred to in conjunction with your study of (study) skills modules or independently throughout your law course. Postgraduate law students, will also find the text useful, particularly those whose first degree is not in law and who may need some assistance in preparing and writing law assessments. Steve Fosteris Principal Lecturer in Law at CoventryUniversity. By the same author Human Rights and Civil Liberties (ISBN 0-582-43833-0)...more

Hardcover, 211 pages

Published by Pearson Longman (first published January 1st 2007)

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This is your indispensible guide to success in written law assessments - from coursework assignments to problem questions and examinations. Using a large variety of examples throughout, this book clearly shows you how to research, write, and present your assignments with the precision and clarity needed to achieve the best grades at degree level.

Table of Contents


Preface
Introduction: How to use this book

 
Part 1 Preparing and writing law assignments
1 Writing law assessments on undergraduate courses
Some common complaints
Some basic points
Note-taking and using notes with other sources
What should I do when I get an assignment?
Researching for assessments
 
2 Presentation of law assessments
Word-processed work
Adopting good practice in grammar, punctuation and spelling
Clear and coherent writing style
Avoiding plagiarism
Providing authority
Reading over your answer
Answering the question
Writing critically and gaining enhanced grades
Summary of writing and presentational skills
 
Part 2 Writing legal essays: Specific legal skills
3 Using legal materials
Providing authority
Using cases
Using statutory materials
Using law journals
Using websites

4 Legal referencing and citation
Learn how to cite cases
Citing statutory materials
Citing journals
Citing books
Citing websites
Bibliographies
References and Latin words and phrases
Summary of using legal materials, referencing and citation
 
5 Good and bad essays
Introduction
Practice 1: Contract law essay
Practice 2: Legal system and constitutional law essay
Summary of good essay techniques

Part 3 Answering problem and exam questions
6 Answering problem questions
Understanding problem questions
Tackling problem questions
Practice 1: Contract problem
Practice 2: Statutory interpretation/judicial review problem
Summary of problem-solving skills

7 Preparing for and answering exam questions
General exam skills
The revision process
The examination
Examples of exam answers
Practice 1: The contract problem
Practice 2: The constitutional law essay
Summary of examination skills

Part 4 Tackling extended essays and projects
8 Researching and writing advanced essays
Extended and advanced essays at undergraduate level
Undertaking greater research
Enhanced writing and referencing skills
Undergraduate projects
Summary of advanced essay and project skills

Further reading
Index

About the Author(s)


Steve Foster

is Principal Lecturer in Law at Coventry Law School, Coventry University. He is the author of Human Rights and Civil Liberties, also published by Longman.

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“Any university law student, whether a first year about to start or a finalist about to take their exams, could benefit from reading this book.”

James Lee, Birmingham University Law School

 

“The book is clear, to the point and very accessible. Students can use this book to aid their essay writing and exam preparation at any stage of their degree.”

Dr Tom Frost, Newcastle University Law School

 

How to Write Better Law Essays: Tools and Techniques for Success in Exams and Assignments is your indispensible guide to succeeding in written law assessments, from coursework assignments, through problem questions and examinations. Using many and varied examples throughout, the author clearly shows you how to research, write and present your assignments with the precision and clarity required to achieve the best grades at degree level.

 

This third edition provides:

  • Coverage of all main types of undergraduate law assessment;

     

  • Annotated sample writing with commentary to help you understand what makes a strong piece of written work;

     

  • Extracts from weaker answers that draw attention to common pitfalls which can bring down grades, and to ensure that you avoid them;

     

  • Example boxes which show you how to apply the principles discussed to your own writing;

     

  • Useful tips on wider study skills such as research, referencing and citation, and examination preparation.

     

This book is an invaluable companion to those studying law as part of an LLB programme, a GDL course, a joint-honours degree or a professional qualification such as ILEX.

 

Steve Foster is Principal Lecturer in Law at Coventry Law School, where he has taught legal skills for over 30 years and where he runs courses on legal writing and research. He is the author of Human Rights and Civil Liberties, also published by Pearson.

 

Online support is available at www.mylawchamber.co.uk/fosterlawessays and offers writing practice and advice, including ‘You be the marker’ short essay exercises, grammar and punctuation exercises, and many more tips to hone your writing skills.

 

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