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What About Law? Studying Law at University 3rd ed

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

ISBN13: 9781509950102
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781849460859
Published: September 2021
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £16.99

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Praise for the previous edition:

'What About Law?' succeeds where so many legal guidebooks fail. The authors give a measured, succinct tour around key legal issues that is both illuminating for the non-lawyer and refreshingly thought-provoking for those whose undergraduate days are long behind them…By anchoring the book in contemporary cases replete with human interest and a tangible effect on our lives, 'What About Law?' skilfully demystifies the law and ably proves its argument. The law is, indeed, all around us - and this book will whet your appetite to find out how and why.” – Alex Wade, The Times

“The authors of this volume expertly identify and communicate the essence of the subject: its broad scope, covering a wide range of social, political and moral problems; its intellectually satisfying methods of analysis, based on logic, precedent and judgment; and, above all, its entertainment value…I very much hope and expect that the information, and enthusiasm, contained in these pages will encourage potential law students.” – Foreword by David Pannick QC, Blackstone Chambers

Law is one of the few subjects that the school leaver, choosing a degree course, will have very little real understanding of. This book comes to the rescue by clearly setting out what a prospective law student can expect and why a student should choose to study law.

This new edition is updated to reflect the reality of studying law today, highlighting changes due to Brexit and reforms to constitutional law. The book covers the compulsory subjects every law student has to study: contract, criminal, property and trusts law, and brings them up to date. With a clear core structure and approach it takes a case from each of these subjects to illustrate legal issues and methodology. The writing style is accessible and has the audience – novices to law - firmly in mind.

What About Law? shows how the study of law can be fun, intellectually stimulating and challenging. It introduces prospective students to the legal system, legal reasoning, critical thinking and argument. Written by a team of experienced teachers, this book should be read by every student about to embark on the study of law.

English Legal System, Legal Skills and Method
1. Introduction to Law
2. Criminal Law
3. Law of Contract
4. Tort
5. Land Law
6. Equity
7. Constitutional Law
8. European Union Law
9. Conclusions: Drawing Some Threads Together