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Letters to a Law Student 3rd edn

Letters to a Law Student 3rd edn

A guide to studying law at university
3rd Edition

Nicholas McBride

Nov 2013, Paperback, 432 pages
ISBN13: 9781447922650
ISBN10: 1447922654
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Letters to a Law Student relays all that a prospective law student needs to know before embarking on their studies. It provides a useful guide to those considering a law degree or conversion course and helps students prepare for what can be a daunting first year of study.


1. What is law?

2. Four reasons for studying law

3. Why not just do a conversion course?

4. But is law the right subject for me?


5. Arguing effectively (1): logical arguments

6. Arguing effectively (2): speculative arguments

7. Choosing a university

8. The LNAT and other law tests

9. Tips for interview

10. Some traps to avoid

11. Some advice before you start your studies


12. The challenges ahead

13. A mini-dictionary of English law

14. General tips on studying law

15. Using a textbook

16. Reading cases

17. A brief history of law reporting

18. Looking at statutes

19.Reading articles

20. Using the Internet

21. Your teachers and you

22. Your fellow students

23. Making the most of your time


24. Writing essays

25. A sample essay

26. Writing a dissertation

27. Discussing problem questions

28. Coping with stress

29. Tips on revising

30. Last advice before the exams


31. Preparing for what’s next

32. Some final words of advice

Appendix A. A Proust Questionnaire

Appendix B. Preface to the Third Edition of McBride &Bagshaw, Tort Law

Appendix C. Century Insurance Co Ltd v Northern Ireland Road Transport Board [1942] AC 509

Appendix D. ‘Reasons to study law’ – a speech delivered at Dr Challoner’s High School, on January 19, 2012

  • Covers all of the key skills and attributes needed for successful study throughout the entirety of a law degree programme
  • Unique "letter" approach directly answers common questions and concerns a law student will have about their study
  • Tips, examples and exercises throughout help students get the very most out of their studies

Nick McBride is a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was formerly a Fellow of All souls College, Oxford. A specialist in areas of the common law (obligations) he is also director of undergraduate studies and a law librarian, equipping him with the ideal background for guiding students through their legal studies.