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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 (10th edn)

James Holland and Julian Webb
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date: 23 September 2023

p. 1014. From Reading to Writinglocked

p. 1014. From Reading to Writinglocked

  • James HollandJames HollandProfessor Emeritus, Bristol Law School, University of the West of England
  •  and Julian WebbJulian WebbProfessor of Law, Melbourne Law School


This chapter discusses the techniques involved in basic academic legal writing—an important aspect of one of the key skills required by employers, namely written communication. It covers writing legal essays—conveying information, constructing an argument, and applying the information and arguments to the essay title; answering legal problems and considering questions of legal liability; how to present your answers by use of the IRAC system; planning your answers and checking your work; the significance of referencing and the various methods used to reference work; and marking standards used by various quality assurance bodies and how law essays are marked.

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