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Learning Legal Rules [Paperback]

James Holland , Julian Webb
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13 May 2010 0199557748 978-0199557745 7
Learning Legal Rules brings together the theory, structure, and practice of legal reasoning in a readily accessible style. The book explains how to uncover and exploit the mysteries of legal materials. This is then used to draw the student into the techniques of legal analysis and argument and the operation of precedent and statutory interpretation. Throughout the book the authors also examine the importance of human rights and the permeating influence of EC. The seventh edition of this well-established text has been fully updated and includes a new chapter on legal writing to help students prepare for their essays and exams. In line with modern teaching practices, there is further guidance on the use of online legal resources, while the material on the accompanying web site has also been expanded. Online Resource Centre For students: Guidance on essay writing Guidance on answering legal problems Self-test questions Guidance notes on statutory interpretation and case law analysis Web links For lecturers: Seminar problems Test bank Diagrams from the book

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 7 edition (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199557748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199557745
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for any law student 11 May 2007
By H-man
I bought this coupled with another "The English Legal System" book and found this one to outweigh the other one i bought both in content and concise information. It is well written and one of the most readable law books i've seen. I actually enjoy reading some of the chapters in this book - they are accessible and to the point. It clearly has an edge on basic european legal principles and institutions and allows you to get a good grasp of the essential parts of the English legal system. Would highly recommend for any law undergraduate. I would be keeping it throughout my degree for reference.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book 3 years ago before starting my LLB, and bought it again last week as I hope to study for an LLM next year and wanted to brush up on my legal skills.

The book is very good at getting a prospective law student to think like a lawyer. It sets out very well the areas that a student needs to know about, such as judicial precedent, statutory interpretation and the now unavoidable influence of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights on English law.

Two minor criticisms. Firstly, I think the authors do not clarify or explain certain topics enough, especially as this is aimed at students who have not yet studied Law. Secondly, there are countless typing and printing errors in the 6th edition. This can be very distracting and means that perhaps the book does not convey the professionalism you would expect from a legal text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction 13 Sep 2006
This book provides a clear well-ordered overview of legal reasoning. You quickly find yourself thinking like a lawyer. The 6th Edition would benefit from further proof-reading - the 'typos' are quite distracting at times.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential for law students everywhere. 26 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Proffesser Holland is a lecturer at the University of the West of England and this book is an excellent aid to the course he teaches. It is a clear, concise and informative piece of legal literature that no student should be without. It covers the ins and outs of the legal system of the country and helps the reader to think like a lawyer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Im a Mature Newbie to Law! 28 Nov 2007
I am shortly embarking on a law degree course. I have tried to grasp the rudiments in trying to understand our past & current legal process's via reading books & other data (Acts), but have failed to grasp the precise method/reasoning which is essential to undertake such a course.... up until I bought this book. It has expanded & improved my method for learning which has also given me so much confidence! This book is rather like a manual for a car, so it has proved invaluable for someone like me! It clearly explains everything covered, into an understandable clear format. I know that this book will foremostly be referenced again & again throughout my degree course. Simply a credit to the Authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Legal Rules 16 Sep 2010
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I am not a law student! I purchased this book, as a lay person, with the intent to get an insight into how the law works and I am not disappointed.

Twelve chapters describes what the law is, who makes it, and how. In the opening chapters it details the court system in the Uk and their function.
It then goes on to tell how the law changes over time by decisions made by judges interpreting the primary and secondary legislation as it applies to the facts of the case in hand, mindfull at all times of what decisions have been made by other judges in other past cases (case law) which may restrict them.
It shows, as a law student, how to find the law relevant to a problem and how to read it. The next three chapters are more relevant to a student of law than a lay person. For me, chapters 8-9 (reading and making sense of statutes)was well worth the cost of purchase. The last three chapters deal with European Law

The book is liberally sprinkled with actual cases (unfortunately only the title is given so that any interested party can research it for themselves)to illustrate a legal point, with an index of them at the front. There is also an excellent eleven-page index at the back to guide the reader.

All told a thoroughly good read and well worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i love it 1 Oct 2013
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I brought them from you because you were the cheapest except now I don't know what I will do, when I need more books because I do not trust you any more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not amazing 7 Nov 2012
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structure of the book is not as great as it could be and the wording can be quite complicated. the law itself is handy but not as good as it could be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very well written and easy to digest
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book is fine
Published 1 month ago by Sunday Abhulimhen
2.0 out of 5 stars Too dry
Maybe it's just my personal style but I ended up getting another book for my studies of the English Legal System as the text of this book did not stick with me. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Simplissimo
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written book with a logical flow
I'm a law student in Hong Kong and this is an additional book suggested by the Legal Research, Analysis and Writing course. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Yuk Lun Soony Tang
2.0 out of 5 stars to be honest regret buying.
the book is still totally new on my shelf, regret buying because haven't really used, maybe opened twice if that...
Published on 29 Mar 2011 by Rima
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful for Law students
I bought this book as recommended by my Lecturer back in 2001. I think its still gathering dust in a box somewhere. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2011 by S. Cann
4.0 out of 5 stars A must buy
A good book. Highly recommended for beginners in law. Gives precise and clear illustrations and is well laid out and easy to follow.
Published on 17 Nov 2010 by Maikl
3.0 out of 5 stars Total let down
I recevied my order in good time and condition, however the actual book Is a total let down not very easy to read and focuses alot on EU law and english law. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2010 by Rucsar
4.0 out of 5 stars very useful
easy to read and understand. it arrived in good condition but the product arrived in an envelope that was torn and the book was falling out of it.
Published on 10 Mar 2009 by Ms. A. Adebayo
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