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

8. Preparing for Assessments and Assignments  

This chapter prepares a student for successful assessment by exploring important considerations and key skills for law assessments. The chapter considers the purpose of assessment and the difference between formative and summative assessments, and how to approach assessment and get the most from each opportunity accordingly. Guidance is provided on different types of assessment, including closed/open book, time-limited assessment, and in-person/online assessment. The chapter examines the importance of preparing effectively for each assessment, including revision, reflection, and understanding assessment criteria. The chapter also summarises ways in which a student can seek to raise their grade; and how to avoid the pitfalls of academic misconduct, plagiarism, and poor academic practice. Guidance is also given on coping with the pressures of assessment.

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Cover Concentrate Questions and Answers Evidence

12. Skills for success in coursework assessments  

The Concentrate Questions and Answers series offers the best preparation for tackling exam questions. Each book includes typical questions, bullet-pointed answer plans and suggested answers, author commentary and illustrative diagrams and flow charts. This chapter gives guidance on answering coursework questions and expands on the distinguishing features of coursework which are research, authorities and citation. You will be expected to have researched in more than usual depth to answer these types of questions and to give full as well as accurate references for your arguments and analysis. The chapter also covers writing and reading; sources; academic writing; keeping organised notes; analysis, writing style and referencing; and assessment criteria. A coursework example question, with accompanying answer guidance, is also available.

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Cover Legal Systems & Skills

15. Revision and assessment  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This Chapter provides guidance on revision and assessment. It provides guidance on how to plan for effective revision, including time management techniques and memory aids. Engagement, and motivation, and how they link to success, is covered. Guidance is given about wellbeing and mental and physical health, including disability support. Suggestions are provided about how to respond to feedback and practice resilience. The role and importance of assessment criteria is highlighted. Information is provided about different types of assessment, including traditional assessment methods such as exams, courseworks and dissertations, together with more contemporary methods of assessment such as online exams, MCQs and SBAQs, projects, presentations and reflective portfolios. Other relevant contemporary issues, such as the rise in cheating and grade inflation, are discussed. Guidance is provided about good exam technique, including timing, observing word limits, clarity of communication, focus and stamina.

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Cover Family Law

10. Public Law Protection  

Penelope Russell

Public law protection of children challenges one of the fundamental principles of England and Wales that children are best brought up by their parents. Unlimited state intervention in the family is not permitted and the courts have to strike a balance between maintaining stability for children within their family, and protecting them from harm. This chapter considers the statutory duties of the local authority towards children as well as emergency action to protect a child. It examines what has to be proven to obtain a care order and the evidential difficulties connected with this; in particular, the difficulties posed for the courts where harm is caused to a child by an unknown perpetrator. The chapter ends by exploring the options available to the court at the welfare assessment once the threshold criteria have been met.

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Cover Concentrate Questions and Answers Employment Law

15. Skills for success in coursework assessments  

The Concentrate Questions and Answers series offers the best preparation for tackling exam questions. Each book includes typical questions, bullet-pointed answer plans, suggested answers, and author commentary. This chapter gives advice on skills for success in coursework assessments. It covers researching, planning, and preparing to write as well as how best to research a topic, what is meant by ‘critical analysis’, how to maintain relevance and focus on a question, and how to reference appropriately. The chapter ends with a handy checklist for students to use when working on an employment law essay.

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Cover Essential Cases: EU Law

Aranyosi and Căldăraru (Joined cases C-404/15 and C-659/15 PPU), EU:C:2016:198, 5 April 2016  

Essential Cases: EU Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Aranyosi and Căldăraru (Joined Cases C-404/15 and C-659/15 PPU), EU:C:2016:198, 5 April 2016. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Noreen O'Meara.

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Cover Essential Cases: EU Law

Aranyosi and Căldăraru (Joined cases C-404/15 and C-659/15 PPU), EU:C:2016:198, 5 April 2016  

Essential Cases: EU Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Aranyosi and Căldăraru (Joined Cases C-404/15 and C-659/15 PPU), EU:C:2016:198, 5 April 2016. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Noreen O’Meara.

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Cover Legal Skills

1. Getting started  

This chapter is aimed at getting you started in your legal studies. It addresses some of the questions and concerns that students have about studying law and starting at university. It explains something of the nature of the law and how it impacts on society before moving on to look at some of the practicalities involved in studying law as it considers how the degree is structured and how teaching and assessment will work.

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Cover Legal Skills

1. Getting started  

This chapter is aimed at getting you started in your legal studies. It addresses some of the questions and concerns that students have about studying law and starting at university. It explains something of the nature of the law and how it impacts on society before moving on to look at some of the practicalities involved in studying law as it considers how the degree is structured and how teaching and assessment will work.

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Cover Smith, Hogan and Ormerod's Essentials of Criminal Law
Smith, Hogan, and Ormerod’s Essentials of Criminal Law presents a clear and authoritative discussion of the criminal law, combining authority with supportive learning features. The book engages with all the key topics of criminal law on the typical LLB syllabus, whilst encouraging the development of analytical and assessment skills. Particular attention is paid to student assessment, with end-of-chapter sections offering advice on how to approach essay and problem questions. Short learning and assessment tips are provided throughout the chapters. Key cases are highlighted across chapters which include brief summaries of the main facts and judgment. Each chapter includes a section on reform, introducing important academic criticism of the law.

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Cover English Legal System

1. Studying the English legal system  

This chapter introduces you to the study of the English legal system in higher education. After explaining some of the different expectations of studying at this level, the chapter’s focus is on how you will learn and how to succeed on the module. There is considerable advice and tips on how to get the most out of lectures and seminars. The coverage introduces some key terminology and emphasises the importance of independent research and reading both primary (legislation and case law) and secondary sources (textbooks and journal articles). Finally, the chapter discusses and provides guidance on how to tackle commonly used assessments such as written essays, oral presentations, and examinations.

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Cover Smith, Hogan, and Ormerod's Essentials of Criminal Law
Smith, Hogan, and Ormerod’s Essentials of Criminal Law presents a clear and authoritative discussion of the criminal law, combining authority with supportive learning features. The book engages with all the key topics of criminal law on the typical LLB syllabus, whilst encouraging the development of analytical and assessment skills. Particular attention is paid to student assessment, with end-of-chapter sections offering advice on how to approach essay and problem questions. Short learning and assessment tips are provided throughout the chapters. Key cases are highlighted across chapters which include brief summaries of the main facts and judgment. Each chapter includes a section on reform, introducing important academic criticism of the law.

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Cover Concentrate Questions and Answers Company Law

13. Skills for Success in Coursework Assessments  

The Concentrate Questions and Answers series offers the best preparation for tackling exam questions and coursework. Each book includes typical questions, suggested answers with commentary, illustrative diagrams, guidance on how to develop your answer, suggestions for further reading, and advice on exams and coursework. This chapter provides advice on preparing coursework in company law and the skills required to complete it successfully, to ensure you are best prepared for your assessment. Two coursework example questions, one essay and one problem question, with accompanying answer guidance, are also available. The chapter provides lots of important tips for coursework success and includes a final checklist of issues to consider before submitting your work.

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Cover Cassese's International Law

20. The Protection of the Environment  

Paola Gaeta, Jorge E. Viñuales, and Salvatore Zappalà

This chapter focuses on international environmental law. First, it covers certain old precedents and then examines the emergence and consolidation of environmental principles between 1972 and 2020, with particular attention to the emergence of customary international law norms (prevention, co-operation, environmental impact assessment) in this area. Secondly, it surveys the substance of international environmental law, focusing on climate change as a prominent illustration of law-making in this field, and examining compliance procedures, as developed since the end of the 1980s. Thirdly, it discusses the operation of State responsibility and civil liability mechanisms for environmental harm.

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Cover The Successful Law Student: An Insider's Guide to Studying Law
The Successful Law Student provides insights, advice, and perspectives on the law student experience. The focus is on the things that can make a big difference to the student experience and ultimate success on the law degree or in other legal study, including making a smooth transition to university level law study; getting the most out of different classes, opportunities, and feedback; advice on how to approach law assessments; and finding a rewarding career. Complemented by a variety of insider voices, which add valuable context and real-life insight, the text incorporates the expertise of experienced law teachers and others to explore the learning process in law and look beyond it to consider what success means and provide support in dealing with the pressures of legal study.

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

9. Assessments and Assignments in Law  

This chapter looks at some of the many different forms of assessment a law student may come across, depending on where they are studying and the subjects they choose. These include coursework, exams, multiple-choice tests, advocacy or other oral presentations, posters, and reflective reports. The chapter also considers dissertations and other research projects, and group work for assessment. The chapter gives advice on how to approach different types of assessment to enhance their chances of success. Specific guidance is also provided on responding to problem questions and essays, whether in coursework or exams including consideration of the IRAC and CEEO methods.

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Cover Environmental Law

13. Environmental assessment  

Stuart Bell, Donald McGillivray, Ole W. Pedersen, Emma Lees, and Elen Stokes

This chapter looks at the international, European, and national laws relating to environmental assessment, and the explosion of litigation that has occurred over the years. Environmental assessment has emerged as one of the key environmental law mechanisms. Its essence is that information about likely environmental impacts of things such as development projects, and now also plans and programmes, is properly considered before potentially harmful decisions are made. It can be useful to think about environmental assessment in the context of some wider issues of environmental decision-making. Another basic issue addressed here is one that frequently crops up in environmental assessment law; namely, the tension between adhering strictly to procedural rules and adopting a pragmatic approach to decisions that are considered sensible.

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Cover Concentrate Questions and Answers Contract Law

1. Exam Skills for Success in Contract Law  

The Concentrate Questions and Answers series offers the best preparation for tackling exam questions. Each book includes typical questions, answer plans and suggested answers, author commentary, and other features. Concentrate Q&A Contract Law provides guidance on answering questions on the law of contract. This chapter focuses on the exam skills you will need to develop in order to be successful in Contract Law. It outlines how the book may be used to aid you in writing answers to contract essay and problem questions. It also provides general guidance for questions which are broken into parts and how marks are allocated, the focus of exam questions, and expectations in relation to written work.

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Cover Selwyn's Law of Employment

11. Health and Safety at Work  

This chapter considers the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974. It covers the background to the HASAWA, covering both the criminal and civil liability for health and safety. It considers the powers of inspectors, enforcement of the Act, improvement notices and prohibition notices, the burden of proof and appeals; statutory duties on health, safety, and welfare; the impact of European law; burden of proof; the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007; and compensation for injuries at work. It also looks at a number of health and safety regulations, including the ‘six pack’. Also looked at is the extent of the employer’s duty, and its duty to unborn children, and the limitation period for bringing an action and risk assessments and employers’ duties in relation to Coronavirus.

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Cover Employment Law

25. Health and safety—The civil law  

This chapter looks at the civil law arm of health and safety law, which serves to provide compensation to employees or ex-employees who have suffered a detriment due to the unlawful actions of their employers. It focuses on personal injury claims brought to the County Court and High Court and the defences that are available for employers when faced with such litigation. The discussions cover claims due to negligence, breach of statutory duty, breach of contract and constructive dismissal, and stress-based claims.