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June focus: legal systems and skills

June is the turn of legal systems and skills resources to take centre stage. Our legal systems and legal skills portfolio is as broad and diverse as you will find anywhere, but that diversity is essential if we are to provide the resources that are best suited to the way the courses are taught. 

All our English legal system titles are guaranteed to ignite and inspire learning; they'll help you hook the students' interest in the subject from day one. Successful students never stop building their legal skills, and our range of resources offers something for all; whether they are just starting out, gaining proficiency, or taking their skills into the profession. 

Visit the discipline webpages for details of our English legal system and legal skills publishing, and to stay up to date.

If you don't already have access, the Legal Systems & Skills law collection on Law Trove is offered to individuals or institutions from £41.66. Purchase here. New, updated collections are available from September 2021

All chapters below are free to read until 30th June 2021.

Ch. 6 - Personnel of the English legal system
English Legal System Concentrate (2nd edn) by Mark Thomas and Claire McGourlay
"The English legal system is composed of a multitude of different professionals, both legal and lay..."

Ch. 4 - The interpretation of statutes
English Legal System (4th edn) by Steve Wilson, Helen Rutherford, Tony Storey, Natalie Wortley, and Birju Kotecha
"...the interpretation of statutes is about the problem of communication. It is about the limits of the language we use and the words that we use to convey what we mean..."

Ch. 5 - Human Rights Act 1998
The English Legal System (7th edn) by Alisdair Gillespie and Siobhan Weare
"The Human Rights Act 1998 is one of the most important pieces of legislation to have been passed in recent years but its impact was arguably overstated at the time..."

Ch. 3 - Law-making: authority and process
Introduction to the English Legal System (14th edn) by Martin Partington
"Here we consider how law is made in the United Kingdom. Before getting into the detail, we ask: what gives the law-making institutions their authority? What gives law-makers their legitimacy?..."

Ch. 10 - Persuasive oral communication and presentation
Legal Systems & Skills: Learn, Develop, Apply (4th edn) by Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, Catherine Shephard, and Scott Slorach
"This chapter will help you understand the essential foundations for oral communication to be persuasive and influential, and then shows you how to use these skills specifically to give an effective presentation..."

Ch. 1 - Understanding the law
Learning Legal Rules: A Students' Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning (10th edn) by James Holland and Julian Webb
"Law is everywhere. It governs our work, the products we buy and sell, our relationships, and even helps shape the physical environment in which we live..."

Ch. 12 - Legal reasoning and ethics
Legal Skills (7th edn) by Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski
"There are various points of view that judges can (and do) take in deciding the outcomes of cases, so this chapter will introduce some of the theory behind judicial reasoning before moving on to show how judges reason in practice..."

Ch. 11 - Roman law and the European Ius Commune
Borkowski's Textbook on Roman Law (6th edn) by Paul J. du Plessis
"The influence of Roman law in the modern world is immense: it constitutes the historical and conceptual basis of many legal systems throughout the world..."