Learning Legal Rules: A Students' Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning (10th edition)

ISBN : 9780198799900

James Holland; Julian Webb
432 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jul 2019
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  • Written by two distinguished authors, this is the trusted and established guide to legal method and skills for undergraduate students
  • Provides dedicated guidance on areas students find difficult including statutory interpretation, ratio decidendi, and obiter dictum
  • Takes a practical approach with exercises and questions throughout so students can confirm their understanding and develop their legal reasoning skills

New to this Edition:

  • A brand new chapter on 'Constructing the legal argument' guides students through the process of developing their arguments in essay writing and other medium
  • The dedicated European legal method chapter has been thoroughly updated to inform students on Brexit, and explain how EU law will exist in the UK post-Brexit


Written by leading authors with extensive experience in both teaching and practice, this established and trusted title equips the student with all the techniques of legal research, analysis, and argument they will need for their law course and beyond. Holland & Webb take an engaging and practical approach with examples and exercises throughout which allow students to develop their knowledge and their reasoning skills making this an ideal text for first year students.

Online resources

Learning Legal Rules is accompanied by online resources, complete with 200 multiple choice questions with feedback for students. In order to gain access to the instructor resources, you must be a lecturer and have adopted the relevant textbook for one of your courses.

1: Understanding the law
2: Finding the law
3: Reading the law
4: From reading to writing
5: Constructing the legal argument
6: The doctrine of judicial precedent
7: How precedent operates: ratio decidendi and obiter dictum
8: Making sense of statutes
9: Interpreting statutes
10: 'Bringing rights home': legal method and convention rights
11: European legal method

About the author: 

James Holland is a Barrister and Professor Emeritus at Bristol Law School, the University of the West of England.
Julian Webb is Professor of Law at Melbourne Law School. He is also Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Exeter and Visiting Professor at the University of Derby.

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