Learning Legal Rules

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Learning Legal Rules brings together the theory, structure, and practice of legal reasoning in a readily accessible style. The book explains how to uncover and exploit the mysteries of legal materials. This is then used to draw the student into the techniques of legal analysis and argument and the operation of precedent and statutory interpretation. Throughout the book the authors also examine the importance of human rights and the permeating influence of EC.

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Overview


Learning Legal Rules brings together the theory, structure, and practice of legal reasoning in a readily accessible style. The book explains how to uncover and exploit the mysteries of legal materials. This is then used to draw the student into the techniques of legal analysis and argument and the operation of precedent and statutory interpretation. Throughout the book the authors also examine the importance of human rights and the permeating influence of EC.

The seventh edition of this well-established text has been fully updated and includes a new chapter on legal writing to help students prepare for their essays and exams. In line with modern teaching practices, there is further guidance on the use of online legal resources, while the material on the accompanying web site has also been expanded.

Online Resource Centre

For students:
Guidance on essay writing
Guidance on answering legal problems
Self-test questions
Guidance notes on statutory interpretation and case law analysis
Web links

For lecturers:
Seminar problems
Test bank
Diagrams from the book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199657490
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/10/2013
  • Edition description: Student
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James Holland is a Barrister, Professor of Legal Method and Employment Law, and Head of Bristol Law School. He is also co-author of Employment Law 2009: LPC Guide (OUP, 2009)

Julian Webb is is Professor of Legal Education at the University of Warwick and Director of the Higher Education Academy, UK Centre for Legal Education. He has published widely on the legal profession and is also co-author of Lawyers' Skills 2009-2010 (OUP, 2009).

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Table of Contents

1. Understanding the law
2. Finding the law
3. Reading the law
4. From reading to writing
5. Law, fact, and language
6. The doctrine of judicial precedent
7. How precedent operates: ratio decidendi and obiter dictum
8. Making sense of statutes
9. Interpreting statutes
10. 'Bringing rights home': legal method and convention rights
11. European legal method
12. Exploiting legal reasoning

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