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Problem Questions for Law Students: A Study Guide

ISBN13: 9780367646707
Published: September 2021
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £24.99

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Law students rarely have experience answering problem questions before university, and lecturers concentrate on teaching content rather than the exam skills needed. This book bridges the gap on how to transpose knowledge and research into structured and coherent answers to problem questions while earning a law degree.

Aimed at undergraduates, international students, and foundation and SQE candidates, the book gives a step-by-step study guide on how to navigate what a problem question is asking you to do. It deconstructs the process using examples from a range of different fields of law, providing essential guidance from research and critical thinking to style and tone.

Including a range of examples to test yourself against, this is an indispensable resource for any law student who wants to tackle problem questions with confidence.

Legal Skills and Method
PART A – About Problem Questions
Part A aims
Understanding CLEO questions
Understanding Problem Questions
The CLEO stages
Understanding the CLEO process
A non-legal work through
PART B – Researching & Writing
Part B aims
Identifying CLAIMS in a PQ
Researching skills
Who’s who in cases
Performing searches
Positive, negative and neutral judgments
Database searching
Turning research into LAW
Order, order
Signposting language for CLAIM
How to write the CLAIM section
End of CLAIM Chapter Questions
Writing the LAW section
Signposting language for LAW
End of LAW Chapter Questions
Alternative note-making styles
Writing the EVALUATION section
Signposting language for EVALUATION
End of EVALUATION Chapter Questions
Hedging language
Signposting language for OUTCOME
Writing the OUTCOME section
End of OUTCOMES Chapter Questions
SQE writing
Writing SQE1 answers
Writing SQE2 answers
PART C – Good Academic Practice
Part C aims
Plagiarism & types of academic misconduct
Citing and Referencing
2-3 book authors
4+ book authors
Contribution to a book
Journal Articles
Online Journal articles
Case law
UK cases post-2001
UK cases pre-2001
Cases from international jurisdictions
UK statues
Parts of an Act
Directly quoting from websites
Directly quoting audio from websites
Judges’ abbreviations
Directly citing judges
Judges citing judges
Quotations within quotations
Adapting sources to suit sentence structure
Long passages from previous judgments (case, book and journal)
Law report abbreviations
Styling and Formatting
Subsequent citations of a case
Adapting judgments to suit
Abbreviations in case names
Other forms of assessment
Written assessments
Short answers
Long answers
Case summary
Case notes
Online tests
Gap fill
Cloze gap fill
True/False/(Not Given)
Multiple answer
Free-text entry
Timed questions
Reflective tasks
University VLEs
Leaflets and guides
Oral assessments
Law clinics
Video presentations
PART D - Resources
Student answers with lecturer commentary
Better Problem Question answer by PARTY
Poor Problem Question answer by PARTY
Better Problem Question answer by ISSUE
Bank of Problem Questions
Using a statute as Problem Question research
Using primary sources to answer a Problem Question
Creating a CLEO plan from statute research
Identification sheet
Planning sheet
Researching sheet
Flashcard ideas
Template writing sheets
PART E Answers
PART A – About Problem Questions
PART B – Researching & Writing
CLAIM answers
LAW answers
OUTCOME answers
PART C – Academic Skills
Further Reading