So always cite the case or the statute directly?
(Original post by cwtf)
I fully endorse the point re textbooks - good way into the topic, but no more than that. Textbooks should provide an overview to get you into the subject, but they can never substitute for reading cases in the law-reports. Get a Statute book for each module, and use it. It always amazes me when my commercial or company law students still have pristine copies of their statute books at the end of the module.
When writing essays, never cite a textbook as your authority for a point of law. Never. Ever.
When is it appropriate to cite text books then?
How much of a text book is actually worth reading? Surely text books are referenced on the reading lists? Should you bother reading entire chapters on specific subjects?
Last edited by AdamTJ; 08-03-2007 at 21:35.
That is quite hard, just throwing something away
I have 5x3 index cards but I struggle to keep them to just that.
(Original post by John Gardner)
(3) I made it my rule that no case, correctly noted, should ever take up more than two sides of a handwritten 5x3 index card. To achieve this I usually took contemporaneous notes on A4 while reading the case, them immeditaley took notes from my A4 notes onto the 5x3 card. I then threw away the A4.
What about philosophy of law subjects? Then you rely on people's theories to formulate your own opinion and debate, how should one deal with such commentary in terms of writing revision notes. My friends photocopy every article and write on it and highlight it. I started by making my own notes from the articles.
Last edited by Lady Narcissus; 08-03-2007 at 22:55.