Legal Skills (8th edition)

ISBN : 9780192893642

Emily Finch; Stefan Fafinski
544 Pages
189 x 246 mm
Pub date
May 2021
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The best-selling legal skills textbook in the market, Legal Skills is the essential guide for law students, encompassing all the academic and practical skills in one manageable volume. It is an ideal text for students new to law, helping them make the transition from secondary education and giving them the skills they need to succeed from the beginning of their degree, through final year exams and dissertations. The first part covers 'Sources of Law' and includes information on finding and using legislation and case law, ensuring an understanding of where the law comes from and how to use it. The second part covers 'Academic Legal Skills' and provides advice on study, writing, and exam skills, alongside topics such as legal reasoning and referencing. The third and final part is dedicated to 'Practical Legal Skills' that students are likely to require for their course and beyond, covering skills such as mooting, presentations, and negotiation. The text contains many useful features designed to support a truly practical and self-reflective approach to legal skills, including self-test questions, diagrams and practical activities. Students are given the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to tackling a variety of legal skills from using cases to negotiation. Digital formats and resources: The eighth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources. - The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with embedded self-assessment activities, and multi-media content including a series of supportive videos and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks - The study tools that enhance the e-book are all also available as stand-alone online resources for use alongside the print book. They include answers to the self-test questions and practical exercises from the book, and a glossary of all the keywords and terms used. There is also an extensive range of videos with guidance on topics from what to expect from lectures and tutorials, how to research for essays and structure problem questions, to examples of good and bad practice in mooting and negotiations. - These resources have been developed to enhance students' understanding of and engagement with the text, bring aspects of it to life, and help develop legal skills further.


PART I: Getting Started: Sources of Law
1 Getting started
2 Legislation
3 Finding legislation
4 Using legislation
5 Case law
6 Finding cases
7 Using cases
8 Books, journals, and official publications
9 Finding books, journals, and official publications
PART II: Academic Legal Skills
10 Study
11 Writing
12 Legal reasoning and ethics
13 Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
14 Essay writing
15 Answering problem questions
16 Revision and examination skills
17 Dissertations
PART III: Practical Legal Skills
18 Presentation skills
19 Mooting skills
20 Negotiation skills

About the author: 

Emily Finch is an experienced law lecturer and has taught criminal law, criminal evidence and cybercrime at a number of institutions. Her overarching research interest is in public perceptions of crime and criminality and the impact of technology on criminal activity, especially the criminogenic potential of the internet. She has a particular interest in jury decision-making and has conducted a number of empirical studies that explore factors that influence jury verdicts in rape, theft and fraud trials. Her current research focus is on dishonesty and the niche vulnerability of older internet users.; Stefan Fafinski has extensive experience in teaching intellectual property law, cyberlaw, and cybercrime. He is interested in the social and legal factors that influence information security and the security challenges presented by networked technologies in general. He is currently a member of the Parole Board for England and Wales.

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