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The Law Student's Handbook [Paperback]

Steve Wilson , Phillip Kenny
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3 May 2007 0199212716 978-0199212712 1st Edition
The Law Student's Handbook offers a practical and informative guide to studying law. It introduces the ways in which law is taught, then covers in detail the practical study and academic skills required to study law. The authors complete the picture by looking ahead to legal careers. This is ideal as pre-course reading for prospective law students, and can also be a valuable point of reference during the first year and throughout a law degree. Summary points, tip boxes, and margin notes encourage students to actively engage with the material, while the Online Resource Centre provides a wealth of additional information such as information about law courses and sources of postgraduate finance. The online multiple-choice questions offer students the chance to check their understanding and appreciation of the issues involved in studying law. Online Resource Centre - Law courses available - The gobbledygook test - Addresses of professional bodies - Sources of postgraduate finance - Further reading - Useful web links (newspapers, estates gazette, etc) - Student testimonials - on getting to grips with a law library, etc. - Activities - putting some of the skills into practice through multiple-choice questions

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1st Edition edition (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199212716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199212712
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 769,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have long thought that the three key skills law students need to master are the ability to access source material, knowing what to do with the material accessed and then relating the material to whatever task is required of them. This book provides not only material on all three but tried and tested sound advice. (Nathalia Lossovska and Graeme Broadbent of Kingston University in The Law Teacher 2009 Volume 43 Number 3)

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Professor Phillip Kenny is Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law at the University of Northumbria. Mr Stephen Wilson is Principal Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Northumbria.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic and expensive 9 Sep 2011
i had to buy this book as it was on the uni reading list however it is very basic and i didnot really learn anything from it and it is expensive for what it is. it basically just full of general knowledge, like how to revise e.t.c
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3.0 out of 5 stars Handy but.... 20 Jun 2013
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Good book to support you through your first year studies, however I definitely didn't need it with my studies and if you're a first year trying to cut back on nook buying, this one could go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 April 2013
Although I agree with the previous reviews for this book, in that it is quite basic, this book is still perfect for the undergraduate law student.

Before the commencement of your first year, trust me, buy this book, study it over the summer, and you will reap the benefits throughout your course.

It has acted as a fantastic aide memoir throughout my degree, and as its contents cover almost every element of the study of law, its usefulness and subconsciousness impact will stay with me beyond my degree and into practice.

I would not recommend this book for a person who is entering their final year of their degree, as many of the skills this book covers, they will have probably developed throughout their studies.

For a prospective undergraduate/GDL student however, this book is fantastic.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Medium 3 Dec 2010
This book provides a simple overview for a prospective or current Law undergraduate.

However it is very basic and citations to further reading or references are few and far between which makes the author of this reiew think that the writers of the Law Student's Handbook sat down and thought 'right, what d'ya reckon we should say on this topic?' Without much regard to current legal trends, for example the book alludes to how the legal professional is set to change over the next 10 years without any detailed reference to how new market entrants and Alternative Business Structures will impact.

The quick sketch of the English Legal System is so bare and inadequately explained it was hardly worth bothering to get out the easle and sharpen the pencil. The final section on career paths; the GDL, LPC and the Bar is nothing better than could be found on the law society website or similar on the internet.

To recapticulate there are way better books out there!!!!! For example Mcbride's Letters to a Law Student (I'm not on commission I wish I was)genuinely take it from a Law student Mcbride has the essential guide ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Sep 2014
Going to be useful for first year LLM
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