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18 July 2013

528 Pages

9.7 x 7.4 inches

ISBN: 9780199664498

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Legal Skills

Fourth Edition

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski

  • Covers both academic and practical skills in one manageable volume meaning students need only buy one text and are encouraged to develop an overarching and integrated understanding of academic and practical legal skills
  • Self-test questions and practical activities can be integrated into lectures and seminars to encourage active engagement with the subject
  • Written in an informal, lively and entertaining style with concepts illustrated using examples that speak to real life experience and diagrams to support the written text
  • Each legal skill is set in its wider context with clear links to other legal skills and to academic and legal practice to instil the importance of developing legal skills in context
  • Accompanied by an innovative online resource centre featuring videos of 'real life' mooting practice which immediately bring the subject to life. Videos featuring good and bad practice in negotiations and presentations are also available online so you can pick up the key skills whilst also finding out what not to do by learning from examples of common mistakes
  • A brand new chapter on legal reasoning encourages a deeper level of critical engagement with the law by illustrating how judges decide cases
  • The chapter on essay writing provides further guidance on areas that students have identified as being particularly problematic, including dissecting the question, selecting material, finding a structure and writing effective introductions and conclusions
  • New material is included on EU law to reflect the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty and additional advice on Advocate General's opinions in the Court of Justice
  • Additional information is provided on the operation of the doctrine of judicial precedent and the rules of statutory interpretation
  • Extra commentary is provided on the operation of tribunals and the importance of negotiation as a form of alternative dispute resolution

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