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19. Mooting skills  

This chapter provides a step-by-step guide to assist students through the process of preparing and delivering a moot argument with reference made to associated issues, such as conducting legal research and production of a skeleton argument. It highlights the aspects of mooting that students often find worrying or difficult, such as formulating a flowing argument, developing a confident oral presentation style, and dealing with judicial interventions. The chapter is a general guide that will be invaluable for preparation of any moot but a sample moot is used throughout as a source of specific explanation and illustration.

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Cover Legal Skills

19. Mooting skills  

This chapter provides a step-by-step guide to assist students through the process of preparing and delivering a moot argument with reference made to associated issues, such as conducting legal research and production of a skeleton argument. It highlights the aspects of mooting that students often find worrying or difficult, such as formulating a flowing argument, developing a confident oral presentation style, and dealing with judicial interventions. The chapter is a general guide that will be invaluable for preparation of any moot but a sample moot is used throughout as a source of specific explanation and illustration.

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Cover Learning Legal Rules
Learning Legal Rules brings together the theory, structure, and practice of legal reasoning in order to help the reader to develop both their knowledge and reasoning skills. It provides techniques of legal research, analysis, and argument, and explains the operation of precedent as well as effective statutory interpretation. When studying law, it is easy to become focused on the substantive aspects of the subject—the concepts, rules, and principles that go to make up contract, tort, crime, etc. In order to study and practise law effectively, it is essential not only to understand what the legal rules are, but also why they are as they are, and what consequences they might have. This requires that you develop the abilities that are the core focus of this book: to find and make sense of the primary and secondary sources of law; to interpret and apply authorities; to construct arguments both about the facts of a case, and as to how and why a particular authority should or should not be applied in a given situation, and to write clearly, and in an appropriate legal style, making reference to authority as necessary, in the proper academic form.

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

4. Learning and Studying Law  

This chapter considers approaches to and developments in teaching and learning in law programmes. It looks at the student’s role in the learning process, and how they may be able to enhance their learning in law, for example by understanding learning strengths and working with them. The chapter also considers the importance of critical thinking and analysis in legal learning and beyond, and the notion of ‘thinking like a lawyer’. It considers techniques for responding to legal problems and questions, looking at the ‘IRAC’ (or ‘ILAC’) and ‘CEEO’ methods. It also considers the importance of making connections and developing argument and analysis.

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9. ‘Bringing Rights Home’: Legal Method and the Convention Rights  

In the twenty-first century, two important pan-European forces to which English law has been subject are the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Human Rights Act (HRA) 1998. This chapter discusses the following: the scope, outline, and enforcement of the ECHR to identify and protect fundamental human rights and freedoms and the balancing of these freedoms against the sovereignty of Parliament; its incorporation into the HRA 1998; incorporation under the devolution Acts; the consequences for legal method; and practical and conceptual issues raised by the HRA 1998 around legal research and argumentation. It closes by looking at the prospects of a ‘British Bill of Rights’.

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9. Authorities – advanced considerations  

This chapter discusses what it means to ‘handle precedent’, to ‘interpret statutes’, and to do justice ‘fitted to the needs of the times in which we live’. It provides answers to the following questions: When and how should policy arguments be used? How should foreign case names be pronounced in a moot? What is the correct way to refer to a case? Is it acceptable to give a personal view of the relevant law? When is an authority binding on a moot court? How can one escape from an inconvenient authority? In what circumstances can a case be overruled? How and when can a case be distinguished in law from another? How and when can a case be distinguished on its facts from another? What is the distinction between a judge's finding of fact and his or her decision on the law? What is the status of a judgment of the Divisional Court? Is a ‘Jessel’ better than a ‘Kekewich’? When is a change in the law a matter for Parliament and when is it a matter for the courts?

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6. Developing Legal (and Other) Skills  

This chapter considers approaches to and developments in teaching and learning in law programmes. It looks at the student’s role in the learning process, and how they may be able to enhance their learning in law by understanding learning strengths and working with them. The chapter also considers the importance of critical thinking and analysis in legal learning and beyond, and the notion of ‘thinking like a lawyer’. It considers techniques for responding to legal problems and questions, and the importance of making connections and developing argument and analysis.

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13. Advocacy and mooting  

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

This chapter focuses on advocacy skills required during academia and in practice. The section on academia considers persuasive oral communication and confidence. It provides guidance on how to succeed both in mooting and in criminal advocacy competitions. It examines how to undertake effective case analysis using the IRAC model, and how to prepare skeleton arguments and case bundles. Examples of skeleton arguments are provided. The section on professional advocacy considers professional roles, rights of audience, areas of practice and activities. It covers practicalities such as etiquette, dress, conduct and ethics. The progress made towards a move to digital courts is also explored.

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13. Advocacy and mooting  

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

This chapter focuses on advocacy, mooting, and communication skills. The section on advocacy skills considers the preparation and use of skeleton arguments and case bundles.