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Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at University [Paperback]

Nicholas J McBride
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11 Mar 2010 1408218801 978-1408218808 2

Letters to a Law Student relays all that a prospective law student needs to know before embarking on their studies. It provides a useful guide to those considering a law degree or conversion course and helps students prepare for what can be a daunting first year of study.

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 2 edition (11 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408218801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408218808
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Highly recommended" - Charlotte Wathey, Law student, The Open University in THE

From the Back Cover

'This is a splendid book.  It is well written, readable and wholly absorbing… a "must have" for every student of the law.'

from the Foreword by Lord Grabiner Q.C.

'I would strongly recommend this book to current students, as it raises issues which are not dealt with in other texts and has many sterling qualities.  It could potentially become a classic text for law students.'

Roger Thomas, Undergraduate Pathway Leader (Cambridge) and Senior Lecturer, Anglia Law School, Anglia Ruskin University

'An excellent and comprehensive guide for all students who are considering doing a law degree or are already in the midst of one.'

Rajvir Thakore, first year law student, Middlesex University


Letters to a Law Student is the definitive guide to studying law at university.  It is filled with advice aimed to turn the often daunting task of studying law into an enjoyable and stimulating experience.  At the same time, reading Letters to a Law Student will help anyone who is considering studying law at university decide whether doing a law degree is the right option for them.


Written in a lively and entertaining style, this book offers clear and helpful answers to your questions about studying law, including:

  • What do law students do?
  • Should I study law at university?
  • Have I got what it takes?
  • How can I do well on the LNAT? 
  • How do I get to grips with reading cases and statutes?
  • What can I do to get the best marks in exams?
  • What makes an effective argument?
  • How can I make sure I’m getting the most out of my teachers?
  • What if I feel stressed out? 
  • What can I do with a law degree?   


The Letters to a Law Student Companion Website provides additional support in finding out more about the study of law, using the Internet in your studies, and exploring the types of careers available in law.  You can also submit your own questions to 'Dear Nick' and read the author's responses to other student letters.  All of these resources are available at 

Letters to a Law Student is essential reading for anyone who is doing, or thinking about doing, a law degree at university.


Nicholas J. McBride is a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge; he was formerly a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.  He is (with Roderick Bagshaw) the author of Tort Law, now in its third edition.


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I found this book really useful as an insight into what a Law degree would entail, and when I begin my law course this year I am certain that I will refer to it during my study too. Some great advice on preparing yourself for a Law degree, from choosing your univeristies, to reccomending books for you to read, and then how to organise your study once at university. I have bought most of the books that are reccomended in this books and they have also proven very useful in opening my mind and teaching me more about society. This book is so good that after origionally getting it from my local library, I went out and bought it so that I could keep it to refer back to as I progress in my Law career!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Letters that every law student should read! 9 Jun 2011
This is an absolutely amazing book for law students. This is almost like a bible for every law student, you will find yourself keeping it handy from the day you are deciding whether you should do law to the day your law exam results are out. For those who aren't professional, knowing virtually nothing about law, this book helps you to build your basic moral views and understand some basic law principles, most importantly, in English. One of it chapters talks about the LNAT test. I would not recommend to replace a proper LNAT preparation book with this one, however it does in fact gives a good preliminary insight into the LNAT test. If you want to know what it's like to be a law student, this book reveals how much reading and work you will be doing (more or less). For current students, it teaches you how to structure your notes and how to read law too.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent introduction to studying law by a very experienced law tutor.
McBride taught at Oxford and was a fellow at All Souls before he moved to Cambridge. His advice is practical and to the point and would benefit any law student. This book would be particularly useful to someone who is studying at Oxford or Cambridge.

Whether it be study techniques, law essay writing, surviving tutorials, making notes or relations with fellow law students, McBride has something useful to say about all of these issues.

Miss a meal or two if you have to, but make sure that you scrape together the modest sum needed to buy this little treasure. You will buy many, many law textbooks during your career in law. But this modest and unassuming book will rank highly among the most useful of them all.

It is over a year since I wrote this review.
I notice that this is one of the most well thumbed books that my law student child brings home every vacation. My recommendation stands. If you are a law student in the UK,and more particularly at Oxford or Cambridge, buy this book. It will save you hours of anxiety.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As expected 25 April 2013
By jens
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I bought this book for my son who is studying law and he looked satisfied with it, so I expect that it is ok.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 1 Jun 2011
By Andrew
Very rapid delivery - was expecting around a week, got it the next day.
The book itself is outstanding not just for a law student, but anyone who is considering taking up an Arts degree at a prestigious university. Moreover, whilst it seems to be a bit patronising at first, the "email style" format of the chapters is brilliant in answering your questions and concerns specifically, and it reminds you that you're not the only worried law student hopeful in the world!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm loving it 13 May 2011
By Samzie
I bought this book really late into my 2nd year at Law school, where I have felt there has been little direction as to what is to be expected of me in order to achieve higher marks.

However, I love the way it is written in letter format, making it really personable and simple reading. It really nips in the bud those real issues that students need help in. I'm currently saturated in the last few chapters as my exams approach and it has been so helpful in terms of prepartion and essay and problem Q writing.

I really do wish I had this before I started my Degree, however now I can go into my 3rd year with assurance of what is expected of me and how to cope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gift 1 Jan 2014
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this book was bought as a gift for someone doing an on line course and this book along with a few others is proving very useful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read 8 Oct 2013
By Didgy
I loved reading this book; found it to be very insightful and informative. I recommend it to every new Law student as it makes one think if they really want to be in Law or elsewhere.
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