I love reading journal articles; I do the textbook readings, but they're usually very stale. I get real enjoyment out of going on Westlaw and finding related journal articles.
Am I wasting my time? I usually read about four a week, and I'm currently revising so reading as many as possible.
Are there any benefits to reading them on top of textbook readings? Will it put you in good stead for exams?
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- Thread Starter
- 19-12-2010 15:47
- 19-12-2010 23:33
They are essential for most essay questions if you want to get a high 2:1 or first
They can be very good at explaining particular points/areas in more detail and with more clarity than you can get in any textbook, without you having to take the time to read all the cases and go on a textbook treasure hunt. If they help you revise, go for it.Last edited by jacketpotato; 19-12-2010 at 23:35.
- 20-12-2010 00:24
I also find they're good for problem questions. Admittedly not as much use as in essays but it helps me to come to a conclusion if i can say "The law is either this or this. However, *insert name of academic here* argues that the law should be this because of this and so this is what i think the answer should be". It also shows wider thinking in them, for example, "This principle is illustrated by the bizarre decision in this case. It is highly criticised by academics such as *insert name* because of this and so this shows that etc etc"
So yeah, use them for revision. They can really clarify points. Last year, i spent most of the year on a 2.2. I read loads of articles when i was revising and shot up to a mid 2.1 and above in my papers. They're very useful - just make sure you know the basics from the textbook first.
- 20-12-2010 00:29
Journals are very good. As someone has mentioned they are more useful for essay questions rather than problem questions. Problem questions tend to use primary law sources such as cases to answer questions. Whereas with an essay you can make a point and then make a counter point, and sort of argue with yourself/the reader using the journal articles.
- 20-12-2010 00:34
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cheers, jonny x