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Legal studies and pre-course essentials

On the following pages you'll find invaluable advice, hints, and tips to help you make the most out of law school.

Essential pre-course reading for all law students...

The Successful Law Student: An Insider's Guide to Studying Law
by Imogen Moore and Craig Newbery-Jones

Packed full of insights, advice and perspectives from current and past law students, it is the only student guide to draw extensively on real-life examples and advice to help you make the most of your studies.


Introduction to the English Legal System by Martin Partington.

The ideal foundation if you are new to the study of law, this book introduces the purposes and fuctions of English law, the law-making process, and the machinery of justice. This book is accompanied by online resources, including questions for reflection and discussion; and multiple choice questions.



How to Write Law Essays & Exams by S I Strong.

Provides a practical and proven method of analysing, structuring and answering essays and exam questions. Designed for students of all levels, this book is packed full of worked examples, tips, and nurtures the vital writing and analytical skills needed to help you succeed in your studies.  


A Dictionary of Law Edited by Jonathan Law.

Now in its 10th edition, A Dictionary of Law is an essential reference work, described by leading university lecturers as 'the best law dictionary' and favoured by law students and legal professionals alike. Featuring 4,900 clear and concise definitions on major terms, concepts, and processes within the English legal system.

Books for budding lawyers and law students

Public law textbook authors John Stanton and Craig Prescott have put together a list of books for anyone interested in the legal world. So if you've just started at law school take a look at these reads, and pick up something other than a textbook.

Digital formats

You can access our textbooks as e-books, or as part of a website collection on our online platform, Law Trove. Find out more about the formats that are available here.

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