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English Legal System

English legal system titles to ignite & inspire learning from day one

When you teach English legal system you have the opportunity and privilege of introducing your students to the fascinating subject of law. Hook them now, and turn them into critical thinkers forever. Our range of lively and engaging titles will open their eyes and help build the foundations for a successful course of study.

OUP offers the broadest selection of legal systems and skills books, and we recognise that the way this subject is taught can be very varied. So we offer a customized option that allows you to tailor-make your own textbook, in hard copy or electronic format. Find out more about custom options.

All our titles are available in print and digital formats. The Law Trove Legal Systems & Skills 2021 collection is available for students and institutions to buy for £44.99.

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October monthly subject focus - legal system and skills

For many October marks the start of their legal educational journey. The very first steps often start with an English legal system and skills session. For that reason we’ve made legal systems and skills our subject focus this month. Take a look at the selected chapters and remind yourself what the gateway into a law degree looks like.

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The Common Law: A Very Short Introduction


Joshua Getzler

April 2023

Very Short Introductions

The common law dates back to 11th century England and the British Empire. In this Very Short Introduction Joseph Getzler explains the evolution of the common law through the centuries, describing the main institutions; from courts, procedures, and juries, to the main categories of law, including property, tort, contract, and public law.

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The English Legal System

Eighth Edition


Alisdair Gillespie, Siobhan Weare

May 2021

Presenting and critiquing the law in a lively style, this text invites students to question, analyse, and evaluate.

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Introduction to the English Legal System

Fifteenth Edition


Martin Partington

May 2021

An eye-opening introduction by an author active in law reform gets students involved in debates from day one.

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English Legal System Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide

Second Edition


Mark Thomas, Claire McGourlay

August 2020


Highest quality revision and study guides for use alongside core reading to help consolidate knowledge, focus revision, and maximise potential.

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Legal Systems & Skills: Learn, Develop, Apply

Fourth Edition


Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, Catherine Shephard, Scott Slorach

June 2020

The only text that fully combines coverage of legal systems with academic and professional legal skills

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English Legal System

Fourth Edition


Steve Wilson, Helen Rutherford, Tony Storey, Natalie Wortley, Birju Kotecha

May 2020

Takes students on a journey through the English legal system, inviting them to read, understand, see the law in practice, and then think for themselves

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Borkowski's Textbook on Roman Law

Sixth Edition


Paul J. du Plessis

May 2020

The only contemporary textbook covering the key areas of Roman law and its latest legal scholarship.

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Law: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Raymond Wacks

September 2015

Very Short Introductions

Law touches every aspect of our daily lives, and yet the main concepts, terms, and processes of the legal system remain obscure to many. This Very Short Introduction, in its second edition, provides a lucid, accessible guide to modern legal systems, explaining how the law works across our contemporary digital world.

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First Steps in the Law

Seventh Edition


Geoffrey Rivlin

May 2015

The most readable introduction to law, providing an entertaining overview of the legal system

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English Legal System in Context 6e

Sixth Edition


Fiona Cownie, Anthony Bradney, Mandy Burton

July 2013

Core areas of the legal system are dealt with through thought-provoking and wide-ranging analysis

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