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The Successful Law Student: An Insider's Guide to Studying Law

The Successful Law Student: An Insider's Guide to Studying Law (1st edn)

Imogen Moore and Craig Newbery-Jones
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date: 30 March 2023

p. 1186. Studying law: Developing (Legal) Skillslocked

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  • Imogen MooreImogen MooreSenior Teaching Fellow in Law; Director of Education in the Law School, University of Bristol
  •  and Craig Newbery-JonesCraig Newbery-JonesLecturer in Legal Education, University of Leeds


This chapter discusses the general skills for employment that the student will develop while studying law. It will also focus on some of the more specific ‘legal’ skills they will acquire. General skills are true transferable skills. This means that they are applicable in most, if not all, spheres of employment. These include collaboration/teamwork, problem solving, researching (hardcopy and digital) and referencing, decision making, time management, project management; and oral, written and digital communication. Subject-specific skills are the employability skills that are relevant to specific types of employment or academic subjects. These include advocacy, negotiation skills, client interviewing, letter writing, and legal research.

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