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Learning Legal RulesA Students' Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning

Learning Legal Rules: A Students' Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning (11th edn)

James Holland and Julian Webb
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date: 04 June 2023

p. 693. Reading the Lawlocked

p. 693. Reading the Lawlocked

  • James HollandJames HollandEmeritus Professor of Employment Law University of the West of England, Bristol
  •  and Julian WebbJulian WebbProfessor of Law University of Melbourne, Australia


This chapter focuses on an important dimension of legal information literacy: the ability to read critically and with understanding. It provides a set of concepts and tools to help students better understand both primary and secondary legal sources and lays out the three questions that we may ask about a legal text: what kind of law is it; how does it affect existing law; and why was it made? It first explains two kinds of legislation: UK Acts of Parliament; and EU Regulations and Directives. The chapter then looks at the form of English reports and European Union cases. This is followed by a discussion of how to read legal books and articles.

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