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Learning legal rules : a student's guide to legal method and reasoning

James Holland, Julian Webb

Oxford University Press, 2010

7th ed

  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index

Description and Table of Contents


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

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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