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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Legal Systems and Skills 2nd ed isbn 9780198727453

Legal Systems and Skills

ISBN13: 9780199676194
New Edition ISBN: 9780198727453
Published: July 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

Legal Systems and Skills provides students with the essential knowledge and skills they require to underpin their legal studies, providing a foundation for graduate employability both within and outside the legal service profession.

It develops students' understanding in 3 core areas:-

  • Essential legal systems: delivering a holistic and contemporary understanding of the purpose and practical application of law, with consideration of social, moral, and jurisprudential perspectives. Contemporary application is a key theme and students are encouraged to consider the current function of legal systems and their effect on individuals, businesses and commerce.
  • Essential legal skills: demonstrating step-by-step approaches to enhancing the skills law students require academically and in subsequent employment. Students are assisted in developing their own strategies to research, read and understand law more effectively, to analyse and apply the law to solve legal problems, and to communicate legal concepts and solutions in writing and orally.
  • Essential professional development and commercial awareness: encouraging students to develop professional skills early in their studies. A dedicated chapter on employability skills introduces students to the skills and competencies which all employers, but particularly those in the legal services sector, value. Four unique chapters on commercial awareness challenge students to reflect on and actively improve their own commercial awareness through a number of business case studies, practice interview questions and activities, making this section of the book perfect for self-directed study.
Delivering a wealth of illustrative examples, diagrams, jargon-busters, and thought-provoking questions to enhance critical skills, Legal Systems and Skills is the essential contemporary toolkit for savvy law students.

Online Resources: This text is accompanied by an innovative online resource centre offering a range of stimulating resources, including:-

  • Podcasts providing a variety of perspectives on the legal system
  • Self-test questions
  • The authors' guidance on the thought-provoking questions in the book
  • A library of weblinks for students

English Legal System, Legal Skills and Method
1. Introduction to law
2. Legal systems
3. Sources of law
4. Legislation
5. Case law
6. Legal services

7. Reading and understanding law
8. Legal research
9. Problem solving
10. Communication
11. Writing and drafting

12. Employability skills
13. Businesses and the business environment
14. Essential economics and finance
15. Law firms as businesses
16. Understanding clients: individuals and businesses