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Key To Success as Law Student: Cambridge University's Law Reading List

Ranked top in the UK for Law, Cambridge University’s King’s College has provided a reading lists for law students.

Deciding which path of study to embark on can a stressful and exhausting ordeal. Most considering studying law, or pursuing a legal career, have a limited understanding of what learning the law involves and how universities teach law to their students. What About Law?: Studying Law at University by O’Sullivan, Virgo, Bernard, provides a 'taster' for the study of law; a short, accessible presentation of law as an academic subject, designed to help 17- and 18-year old students and others decide whether law is the right choice for them, or, if they have already made the choice, what to expect when they start their law degree.

Your ability to succeed within law is limited in accordance with your legal research skills. How to use law libraries and make effective use of catalogues and indexes are essential elements to developing as a law student. Using A Law Library: A Student's Guide to Legal Research Skills aids students in undertaking particular research problems and outlines how to record and present results of legal research in projects and dissertations. The information is presented under standard headings, with diagrams and charts provided, where possible, to aid in the practical use of complex publications.

This university has produced and will continue to produce some of the finest legal minds. Having access to their recommended reading lists for law is a powerful tool for any aspiring law student. There are more books in this list to complement your studies which will help you reach your potential as a law student.

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Letters to a Law Student: A guide to studying law at university (2017)

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What does it take to succeed as a law student? This book will show you how.

 

Voted one of the top 6 books that all future law students should read by The Guardian’s studying law website*, Letters to a Law Student is packed full of practical advice and helpful answers to the most common questions about studying law at University across every stage of taking, or thinking about taking, a law degree. view this book

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£17.99

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£20.99

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Glanville Williams: Learning the Law (2020)

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First published in 1945, Glanville Williams: Learning the Law has been introducing new and prospective law students to the foundation skills needed to study law effectively for over 70 years. Presenting an overview of the English Legal System and covering the essential legal skills that students need to master if they want to succeed both in their legal studies and in their future careers, this is a must-have book for all new law students! view this book 

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£14.95

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£13.95

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Is Eating People Wrong?: Great Legal Cases and How they Shaped the World (2010)

Great cases are those judicial decisions around which the common law develops. This book explores eight exemplary cases from the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia that show the law as a living, breathing and down-the-street experience. It explores the social circumstances in which the cases arose and the ordinary people whose stories influenced and shaped the law as well as the characters and institutions (lawyers, judges and courts) that did much of the heavy lifting. view this book

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£60.96

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£20.96

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£24.99

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What About Law?: Studying Law at University (2011)

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Most young people considering studying law, or pursuing a legal career, have very little idea of what learning law involves and how universities teach law to their students. The new edition of this book, which proved very popular when first published in 2007, provides a 'taster' for the study of law; a short, accessible presentation of law as an academic subject, designed to help 17- and 18-year old students and others decide whether law is the right choice for them as a university subject, or, if they have already made the choice, what to expect when they start their law degree. view this book

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£13.66

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£16.99

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About Law: An Introduction (1996)

This book provides an ideal introduction for anyone wondering whether to study law or those who are simply curious to know more about it. It is not confined to English law, but deals with the Western tradition of law as a whole. It outlines the key problems of constitutional law and the law of property, contracts, treaties, crimes and torts. It also explains the importance of law of forms, procedures, and interpretation and examines how law relates to government, history, and justice. In this way it vividly brings out the intellectual and practical fascination of the subject. The book is easy to read and the chapters are self-contained. view this book

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£39.21

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£29.88

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Legal Method (Macmillan Law Masters) (2013)

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This ninth edition of Legal Method provides a lively introduction to the nature of the English legal system and its sources, and to the techniques which lawyers use when handling those sources. The text assumes no prior knowledge and makes its content accessible by clarity of expression rather than by dilution of content. In addition to more conventional sources, writers as varied as Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope and T. S. Eliot are cited.

This is an ideal course companion for both law undergraduate and GDL/CPE students. Includes end of chapter summaries and self-test exercises. view this book

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£26.78

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£16.99

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The Bramble Bush: On Our Law and Its Study (1960)

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Written over 80 years ago, but highly relevant today, The Bramble Bush remains one of the books most recommended for students to read when considering law school, just before beginning its study, or early in the first semester. Its first edition began as a collection from a series of introductory lectures given by legal legend Karl Llewellyn to new law students at Columbia University. It still speaks to law, legal reasoning, and exam-taking skills in a way that makes it a classic for each new generation. 

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£12.90

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£12.99

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Using A Law Library: A Student's Guide to Legal Research Skills (Blackstone Press) (2002)

Amazon 4.5 star

This book provides advice on using a law library and how to make effective use of catalogues and indexes. Its practical approach will help students undertake particular research problems, and it shows how to record and present the results of research in projects, dissertations and theses. The information is presented under standard headings, with diagrams and charts provided where possible to aid in the practical use of complex publications. The whole range of modern electronic sources is also explained.

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£40.99

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£47.99

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