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Legal Systems and Skills

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Author Biography

Scott Slorach, Professor, University of Law, and Visiting Professor, Strathclyde University,Judith Embley, Associate Professor, University of Law,Peter Goodchild, Associate Professor, University of Law,Catherine Shephard, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Scott Slorach is the Board Member for Innovation, Design and Production of legal education programmes at the University of Law, and a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University. He has been involved in the design and delivery of legal education programmes for over twenty years, at undergraduate, postgraduate, vocational and professional levels. A qualified solicitor with City experience, he was author of Corporate Finance (OUP) and is currently co-author of Business Law (OUP).

Judith Embley is Associate Professor at the University of Law. She read History at Bristol University, then attended the University of Law and qualified as a solicitor in 1980, practising in a Lincoln's Inn firm. After a career break to bring up her three children, she began teaching law in 1999 as a Visiting Lecturer at Bellerby's College and then Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. She joined the University of Law in 2001, where she has taught Contract, Commercial and Business Financial Law. She is now a course designer and is joint author of Commercial Law and Practice, one of the University of Law's Legal Practice Guides.

Peter Goodchild is Associate Professor at the University of Law. He read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St. Anne's College, Oxford, then attended the University of Law and qualified as a solicitor in 1997, into commercial practice. He joined the University of Law in 2000, where he has taught the English Legal System, Contract, Tort, Commercial, and Business Structures Law. In addition to over ten years of teaching experience, he has designed programmes on legal systems, legal skills and employability, and is a co-author of texts on the English Legal System.

Catherine Shephard is Senior Lecturer and Subject Leader of Corporate Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University. She read law at Cambridge, practised as a solicitor in corporate finance and has ten years' experience of designing and delivering a wide range of skills and law programmes to students at the University of Law, Manchester Metropolitan University and to solicitors in practice. Catherine has a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education with distinction and was the author of Public Companies and Equity Finance (CLP).

Table of Contents

Legal systems
1. Introduction to law
2. Legal systems
3. Sources of law
4. Legislation
5. Case law
6. Legal services
Legal skills
7. Reading and understanding law
8. Legal research
9. Problem solving
10. Communication
11. Writing and drafting
Professional development and commercial awareness
12. Employability skills
13. Businesses and the business environment
14. Essential economics and finance
15. Law firms as businesses
16. Understanding clients: individuals and businesses

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