2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2010
If you simply want to pass your law degree, don't buy this book. If you want to get a first (which I achieved in this module, thanks to Craig) then buy it.
The analysis and depth of knowledge in this book is fantastic; however it is difficult to read and inaccessible for students. I used it in combination with other, simpler, books and found this worked best for me. I would definitely recommend it for other students, although it may be better to get a grasp of each topic from lecture notes and other books before tackling Craig's immense chapters and complex language.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2010
For the very reason that it does go unread by most Law students (at my local 'uni' the pages are pristine), it is excellent. It needs to be read with a concerted effort even by a lawyer like me. I started the last (5th edition) because I wanted to uncover ever more attractive ways of winning my regulatory cases in Court (what do points make?). I also wanted to actually understand what a Legitimate Expectation actually was. I then read persistently, the 6th edition when it came out.The trick is to perserve as it's worth it and each chapter builds on the previous so that when you finish the book you really do understand Administrative Law and all the arguments that you can put up aginst the state and that they can bring up in their defence.
Think about it. What are the areas of law you are most likely to get money from? Those that all others find uncomfortable to venture into. As it says on the cover it is an intellectually difficult area to understand. Hence the picture? Where is it that many of the lawyers who understand the area end up - with six figure salaries - yes Crown Office Row (and if you don't know the history of Crown Office Row then you probably won't appreciate the text or indeed anything on Constitutional or Administrative Law).
You can easily move from this text to ever more apparently obscure areas of Administrative Law by looking at the footnotes and books cross referenced by Craig.
Also, try getting some of the cases out in the footnotes as explained. The explanation is brilliant by Craig. For example look at the question of retrospectivity of legislation and how he explains it or what a legitimate expectation actually is.
PPS Once you do start to become really interested in this area of law, do make sure you leave time to get out more.....
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2001
Craig offers a very thorough analysis of administrative law. My recomendation is for you to buy it only if you envisage to go further into the study of public and administrative law. The information provided is at times a bit difficult to understand and follow through due to the sheer amount of it.
It's quite a large book and may give you a few backaches if you carry it around univeristy in your bag!
Nevertheless, it is a book worth buying (slightly on the expensive side though).
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2000
A very useful guide to the ins and outs of administrative law, but at what price? I would still go for it because it is essentially a must for law students - but remember to budget well, you've still got a few more books to buy yet...probably!