Seeking Law Student Blogs

At one time, law student blogs were all the rage. Some were updated continually, others began well and fizzled out (like many blogs). As those student bloggers graduated and went on, the blogs died. Less students were interested in spending time writing a blog rather than studying. While culling the herd is a good thing, the better blogs brought law students together from around the globe and began conversations that would never have happened. Legal Yankee began as a law student blog, and then became law student support site and producer of resources, growing from one person to a volunteer staff of four.

There are a few good ones out there, still:

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Jurisprudence & Legal Theory: Outlines, Diagrams, & Exam Study Sheets

Jurisprudence & Legal Theory: Outlines, Diagrams, & Exam Study Sheets

Jurisprudence & Legal Theory: Outlines, Diagrams, & Exam Study SheetsJurisprudence: Outlines, Diagrams, and Study Sheets is a collection of outlines and diagrams as an aid to the study of Jurisprudence and Legal Theory. Designed to help you get the big picture of the theories, jurists, and philosophical and historical background of the subject. Use the diagrams to see an overall picture of each subtopic before you begin reading your texts, to organize your notes, and to review and revise. Prepare for your exams by using them to test your knowledge on the details.

This book covers the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Jurisprudence
  2. The Nature of Legal Theory
  3. Hobbes, Bentham, and Austin: Imperative Theory
  4. Natural Law Theory
  5. HLA Hart’s The Concept of Law
  6. The Rule of Recognition
  7. Hart’s Defenses Against Natural Law Theory and Fuller
  8. Raz’s Theory of Law: Service Conception
  9. Practical Reason
  10. Kelsen’s Theory of Law: Norms and Delicts
  11. Dworkin’s Theory of Law
  12. Marxism and Marxist Legal Theory
  13. Liberalism
  14. Feminist Legal Theory

When is the Best Time to Start Outlining Your Law School Courses?

When is the Best Time to Start Outlining Your Law School Courses?Law School Toolbox asks the following excellent question: “Why not just wait until the end of your course or the second half of the course to start outlining?” A recent post offers these three reasons:

  1. The process of trying to outline a legal topic will force you to discover whether or not you understand that legal topic.
  2. Chances are you will get more help from your law professors if you approach them early in the semester.
  3. Doing a complete and concise outline will ensure you receive the highest grades you are capable of on law school exams!

Good reasons, and some more fine advice in this post, which you can read by clicking below:

New lecture recordings: Property and Trusts

Jurisprudence 2017 – the examinationNew  recordings from Lond Law Lectures:

PROPERTY LAW: Co-ownership of property This series of lecture presentations by Gianni Vuolo covers the law relating to express and implied co-ownership of land, including the special rules applicable to co-ownership of a family home. Duration 125 minutes. For more information please CLICK HERE FOR MORE

LAW OF TRUSTS: Creation of Express Trusts In this lecture presentation Gianni Vuolo considers the creation of express trusts with the focus on declarations of trust. Duration 50 minutes. For more information please CLICK HERE FOR MORE

By Gianni Vuolo, full time lecturer and examiner of Property Law, Law of Contract and Criminal Law. Currently teaches on the LLB programme at SOAS, University of London.

New: Criminal Law Study Guide, third edition

New: Criminal Law Study Guide, third edition

We have updated our Criminal Law study guide!

  • All new for 2017
  • Better layout, easier to read and use for review and revising
  • Includes outlines, diagrams, and study sheets
  • For the first time, available in paperback, as well as eBook versions (Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and Kobo)

Criminal Law: Outlines, Diagrams, and Exam Study Sheets is designed to aid you in study and preparation for exams. The book contains three sections: Outlines, Diagrams, and Crib Sheets. Outlines are detailed outlines of the course material, arranged by topic. Diagrams are perfect companions to the Outlines, containing flow charts, diagrams, and other visual aids for each topic. Exam Study Sheets are condensed outlines, perfect for getting the ‘big picture,’ for revising, and for testing yourself on the details. All three sections include statutes, cases, and key terms, arranged and color-coded to maximize your studying, memorizing, and revising/reviewing.

Topics include: Elements of an Offense; Actus Reus: Voluntariness, Omissions, Consequences; Mens Rea; Murder and Homicide; Voluntary Manslaughter; Simple Non-Fatal Offenses Against the Person; Aggravated Non-Fatal Offenses Against the Person; Sexual Offenses; Failure of Proof Defense & Justificatory Defenses; Excusatory Defenses & Mental Disorder Defenses; Attempt; Parties to Crime; Theft; Fraud; Robbery; Burglary; Criminal Damage.

 

 

Jurisprudence 2017 – the examination

Jurisprudence 2017 – the examination from UoL

Jurisprudence 2017 – the examinationLondon Law Lectures has posted a notice about the Jurisprudence examination at the Uni of London. It raises a question about a prohibition on the exam which disallows choosing a question if it would “substantially” overlap with an answer from the set question. The question is, of course, what constitutes “substantially”?

From LLBLondon:

This year, for the first time part A of the Jurisprudence examination will include three questions on a ‘set case’ and candidates will be required to answer one of them. The set case for this year is R v R (rape: marital exemption) [1992] 1AC 599; [1991] 4 All ER 481 and the Module Convenor has stated that the questions will be drafted from the following three ‘perspectives’:

1. Theories of Adjudication and their implications for the nature of law
2. Natural Law (including Fuller’s Rule of Law theory)
3. Feminist Legal Theory.

Part B of the 2017 examination can potentially include any of the other syllabus topics except those specifically excluded (this year the topics in chapters 12,16 and 17 are excluded).

And the Chief Examiner warns:

“Substantive issues contained in the three perspectives set out in Part A could potentially [also] appear in Part B but you are not permitted to answer the relevant question(s) if you will be repeating, substantially overlapping or duplicating your answer from Part A.”

A number of us have concerns regarding this prohibition particularly in relation to the expression ‘substantially overlapping’.

Read full article at www.llblondon.com

 

Top barrister takes to Twitter to reveal what law schools don’t (but really should) teach their students

Gordon Exall, a civil law specialist at Leeds’ Zenith Chambers and London-based set  Hardwicke, has published a series of tweets describing what “they don’t teach you in law school.” Here are the first few:

Any piece of technology upon which you rely will fail on the evening before you have to get up early to travel far for a case #lawschool

— Gordon Exall (@CivilLitTweet) January 13, 2017

 

Get used to being the only one on the train platform #lawschoolpic.twitter.com/SvcTyIWH1T

— Gordon Exall (@CivilLitTweet) January 13, 2017

 

When you travel miles & get to court on time your case will then inevitably be delayed for several hours #lawschool

— Gordon Exall (@CivilLitTweet) January 13, 2017

 

However if you are 2 minutes late the court will inevitably be running on time #lawschool

— Gordon Exall (@CivilLitTweet) January 13, 2017

Of course, other Tweeters have joined in the fun. Check out or follow @CivilLitTweet and #lwschool for more.

The SSRN Homepage Gets an Upgrade

SSRN, the Social Science Research Network, has redesigned their website, making it more user-friendly and adding some improvements. The database includes hundreds of thousands of research papers from social science researchers, which includes the legal field. Some are finalized articles, others are draft articles not yet published elsewhere. The SSRN Homepage Gets an Upgrade

If you are a law student, academic, or practitioner, you should check out the new design.

The SSRN Homepage Gets an UpgradeVisit SSRN

 

Introduction to English Law

VisuaLaw Study Guide Vol 1: Introduction to English (CLRI) is a three-part study aid for UK law students to help prepare for exams. The book contains three sections: Outlines, Diagrams, and Exam Study Sheets.

Available as PDF download (click “Add to Cart) or as a paperback from Amazon. Other versions also available as Kindle downloads (without diagrams).

Product Description


Introduction to English LawVisuaLaw Study Guide Vol 1: Introduction to Common Law
(CLRI) is a three-part study aid for UK law students to help prepare for exams. The book contains three sections: Outlines, Diagrams, and Exam Study Sheets. Outlines are detailed outlines of the course material, arranged by topic. Diagrams are perfect companions to the Outlines, containing flow charts, diagrams, and other visual aids for each topic. Exam Study Sheets are condensed outlines, perfect for getting the ‘big picture,’ for revising, and for testing yourself on the details. All three sections include statutes, cases, and key terms, arranged to maximize your studying, memorizing, and revising/reviewing. For more, visit www.legalyankee.com

Read more at legalyankee.com

Applying to University to Study a Law Degree

From The Student Lawyer:

Applying to university can be stressful, but applying to study Law can be particularly difficult as it’s one of the highest ranked degrees in the UK today – luckily, our friends at University Compare have compiled a few helpful points to help you with your application. University Compare is a university comparison website that provides helpful hints and tips on the university application process; comparing over 36,000 courses across 425 institutes.

The post cover some in-depth information on the following areas:

  • The Application
  • The Grades
  • Personal Statement
  • Law as a Subject

Also check out University Compare, a university comparison website that compares over 36,000 courses across 425 institutes.

Applying to University to Study a Law Degree

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