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Thinking Critically About Law: A Student's Guide

ISBN13: 9781138125377
Published: March 2018
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99

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So you’ve arrived at university, you’ve read the course handbook and you’re ready to learn the law. But is knowing the law enough to get you the very best marks? And what do your lecturers mean when they say you need to develop critical and analytical skills? When is it right to put your own views forward? What are examiners looking for when they give feedback to say that your work is too descriptive?

This book explores what it means to think critically and offers practical tips and advice for students to develop the process, skill and ability of thinking critically while studying law. The book investigates the big questions such as: What is law? and What is ‘thinking critically’? How can I use critical thinking to get better grades in assessments? What is the role of critical thinking in the work place? These questions and more are explored in Thinking Critically About Law.

Whether you have limited prior experience of critical thinking or are looking to improve your performance in assessments, this book is the ideal tool to help you enhance your capacity to question, challenge, reflect and problematize what you learn about the law throughout your studies and beyond.

Legal Skills and Method
Chapter 1: Introduction
I. Why Is It Important To Have An Inquisitive Mind When Studying Law?
II. Why Study Law At University?
III. TCAL’s Aims


Chapter 2: What Is ‘Critical Thinking’?
I. What Is ‘Thinking’?
II. WhyIs It Important To Think ‘Critically’ About Law?
III. Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking

Chapter 3: What Is ‘Law’? Thinking Critically About Legal Perspectives
I. Legal Perspectives And The Study Of Law
II. Seven Key Legal Perspectives


Chapter Four: Putting Critical Thinking Into Legal Practice
I. The Critical Thinking Process
II. Critical Reading
III. Critical Writing
IV. Thinking Critically in the Classroom
V. Extra-Curricular Activities

Chapter Five: Thinking Critically About Assessments
I. Writing Critical Essays and Exams
II. Thinking Critically About Group Work

Chapter Six: Thinking Critically in the Workplace and Beyond
I. Thinking Ethically About Law
II. Critical Thinking In The Workplace
III. Thinking Critically As An Intellectual And Life Long Discipline

Chapter Seven: Conclusion