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What About Law?: Studying Law at University 2nd ed

Edited by: Catherine Barnard, Janet O'Sullivan, Graham Virgo

ISBN13: 9781849460859
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781841136325
Published: March 2011
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Most young people considering studying law, or pursuing a legal career, have very little idea of what learning law involves and how universities teach law to their students.

The new edition of this book, which proved very popular when first published in 2007, provides a 'taster' for the study of law; a short, accessible presentation of law as an academic subject, designed to help 17- and 18-year old students and others decide whether law is the right choice for them as a university subject, or, if they have already made the choice, what to expect when they start their law degree. It helps answer the question 'what should I study at university?' and counters the perception that law is a dry, dull subject.

What About Law? shows how the study of law can be fun, intellectually stimulating, challenging and of direct relevance to students. Using a case study approach, the book introduces prospective law students to the legal system, as well as to legal reasoning, critical thinking and argument.

This is a book that should be in the library of every school with a sixth form, every college and every university, and it is one that any student about to embark on the study of law should read before they commence their legal studies.

All of the authors have long experience in teaching law at Cambridge and elsewhere and all have also been involved, at various times, in advising prospective law students at open days and admissions conferences.