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Legal Skills

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It's been eight years since we sat down with the metaphorical blank piece of paper—which was, in actual fact, two blank Word documents (one each)—to write Legal Skills. It was, oddly, a project that sort of happened by accident: a story with which we will bore you some other time. Anyway, we certainly never envisaged that we would, one day, sit down to write the preface to the fifth edition. At least we didn't have to start with two blank Word documents, but instead, the editable version of the fourth edition and an instruction to Track Changes'.1 This has illustrated just how much the book has evolved and changed since the first edition published in 2007.2 Much of this has, of course, resulted from amendments to the law, recognition of the ever-changing needs of students, and the way in which legal research is done in practice (with an inevitable shift towards online research and away from the traditional law libraries—certainly for 'mainstream' materials). However, the major¬ity of enhancements have been direct responses to feedback from students and fellow lecturers together with the anonymous reviewers for each edition who always provide such constructive and useful feedback. As such, we would like to thank everyone who has commented on the first four editions—in whatever way. We hope that the changes that we have made for this new edition both reflect your comments and make the book better as a result. We really do rely on your thoughts and observations to keep the book useful and relevant, so do please contact us if you think that there are particular parts that are superfluous, missing, not to your liking, unclear, or (even) wrong. You can email us at hello@finchandfafinski.com, visit our website at www.finchandfafinski.com, or tweet at @FinchFafinski. Particular thanks for this edition to Jenna Jiggens, Law Librarian at St Mary's University College Twickenham for getting in touch and ultimately reviewing the bits con¬cerning law librarians and why students really should befriend theirs as an often-untapped source of splendid information and advice, and to someone we only actually know by their Twitter handle of @marginview who pointed out quite a few points in the fourth edition which benefitted from a bit of clarification this time around. Whoever you are, well spotted and thanks for getting in touch.
New to this Edition
•     New section on improving your written work and moving marks across grade
      boundaries from 2:2 to a 2:1 and 2:1 to first class
•     New section containing a structured approach to evaluating source material
•     Expanded discussion of how to cite case law correctly
•     New section on the use and application of Turnitin in the context of avoiding plagiarism
•     Further clarification on citing statutory instruments
•     Further emphasis and detail on online searching for legal resources
•     Refreshed section on navigating an Act of Parliament with examples from the
      Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
•     Updated examples of possible dissertation topics and research questions
•     References to EU Treaty Article numbers have been updated to take account of the
       renumbering effected by the Treaty of Lisbon
•     References to the courts system and hierarchy now reflect the establishment of the
      new single County Court and single Family Court that came into effect on 22 April 2014
•     Fully revised chapter on mooting with new problem
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Contents
1    Legislation
2    Finding legislation
3    Using legislation
4    Case law
5    Finding cases
6    Using cases
7    Books, journals, and official publications
8    Finding books, journals, and official publications
9    Study skills
10  Writing skills
11   Legal reasoning
12   Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
13   Essay writing
14   Dissertations
15   Answering problem questions
16   Revision and examination skills
17   Presentation skills
18   Mooting skills
19   Negotiation skills
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