How to Write Law Essays and Exams

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Oxford University Press, 2018 - Law - 296 pages
How to Write Law Essays and Exams provides law students with a practical and proven method of analysing and answering essay and exam questions. The book focuses on those questions that give students the most trouble, namely problem questions, but its techniques are equally applicable to other types of essays.

In addition to providing a framework for analysing and writing law essays, the book teaches students how to identify relevant legal authorities, distinguish and harmonise conflicting legal precedents and evaluate the applicability of the law to the facts of the question at hand. The book also contains specific law-related revision techniques and general writing tips.

Designed for law students of all levels, including those on A-level, university, conversion, and vocational courses, the text helps students understand their substantive courses while at the same time teaching vital writing and analytical skills.

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The book is accompanied by online resources, including: a case breakdown to help students with reading cases, frequently asked questions, and some tips on citation styles and conventions.


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1 An introduction to writing law essays and exams
reading understanding and summarising legal materials
the issue
the rule
the application
the conclusion
7 Adapting IRAC to discuss questions
8 General tips on legal writing
9 Adapting IRAC for professional practice
10 Worked questions

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S.I. Strong, Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales and Attorney, New York and Illinois,

Professor S I Strong has over twenty years' experience in the legal field, teaching law at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and practising as a solicitor in London and an attorney in New York and Chicago. Professor Strong is the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law.

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