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Cover Legal Skills

14. Essay writing  

This chapter focuses on essay writing. Earlier sections of the book outlined techniques for locating and understanding primary and secondary legal sources. The chapter builds upon those skills by exploring the ways that this source material can be used in coursework. It guides students through the stages of planning, research, and construction of an essay, with practical advice on interpreting the question and producing a structured response that demonstrates the required skills and knowledge.

Chapter

Cover Legal Skills

14. Essay writing  

This chapter focuses on essay writing. Earlier sections of the book outlined techniques for locating and understanding primary and secondary legal sources. The chapter builds upon those skills by exploring the ways that this source material can be used in coursework. It guides students through the stages of planning, research, and construction of an essay, with practical advice on interpreting the question and producing a structured response that demonstrates the required skills and knowledge.

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Cover Learning Legal Rules

4. From Reading to Writing  

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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Cover Legal Systems & Skills

14. Writing and drafting  

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

This chapter focuses on the development and improvement of writing skills by law students. It then goes on to explore why these skills are needed in practice, and how to continue to improve them at that stage. It also explains what are professional drafting skills and provides guidance for good drafting. The section about academia includes comprehensive writing guidance for law students. This includes spelling, grammar, punctuation, structure, layout, language and proofreading. The section then moves on to explaining plagiarism, honesty and academic conduct. Guidance is provided about how to OSCOLA reference, and how this differs from other styles such as Harvard. Supportive technology is discussed, including Endnote and Grammarly. The section then moves on to how to write good essays, with guidance about planning and structuring essays. Reference is made to assessment criteria, and how to meet the criteria at the highest level in an essay. The professional writing and drafting section explores how to further develop the good writing practice mastered at university. It also explores drafting and dictation skills, and how to use a precedent. Writing and drafting templates are provided, including for an email.

Book

Cover Legal Skills

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski

Legal Skills is structured in three parts, covering a full range of legal skills. The first part deals with sources of law and includes information on finding and using legislation, case law, books, journals, and official publications, making sure you understand where the law comes from, and how to use it. The second part covers academic legal skills and provides advice on study and writing skills, legal reasoning, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, essay writing, dissertations, problem solving, and revision and examinations. The final part of the book covers the practical legal skills of oral presentation, mooting, negotiation, and drafting.

Chapter

Cover Legal Systems & Skills

14. Writing and drafting  

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

This chapter focuses on the development and improvement of writing and drafting skills. The discussions cover writing legal essays; the characteristics of good writing; professional writing; drafting; dictation; and writing and drafting templates.

Book

Cover Legal Skills

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski

Legal Skills is structured in three parts, covering a full range of legal skills. The first part deals with sources of law and includes information on finding and using legislation, case law, books, journals, and official publications, making sure you understand where the law comes from, and how to use it. The second part covers academic legal skills and provides advice on study and writing skills, legal reasoning, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, essay writing, dissertations, problem solving, and revision and examinations. The final part of the book covers the practical legal skills of oral presentation, mooting, and negotiation.