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Law

Law is a broad subject which appeals to those who want to develop both abstract thinking and practical problem-solving skills.
⌛️Last updated: April 28, 2020, 9:34 p.m.

Application Resources

Here are some general resources related to Law. These should be a useful introduction, regardless of which Law-related course you’re interested in and where you might want to study it.

Books

To get an idea of some of the key legal issues you will be investigating further as part of a Law degree, have a look at books such as: ‘Eve was Shamed’ by Helena Kennedy; ‘Is Killing People Right?’ and ‘Is Eating People Wrong?’ by Allan C. Hutchinson; ‘Rule of Law’ by Tom Bingham; ‘Learning the Law’ by Glanville Williams; ‘Politics of the Judiciary’ by J.A.G. Griffiths.

Many of these books will be available from your local library, so don’t worry about spending a lot of money purchasing brand-new copies! Alternatively, you could look for second-hand copies online or in charity shops - sometimes these will have some interesting or entertaining annotations too!

These books focus more specifically on what studying Law at university is like, particularly for those who don’t currently study Law at A Level: ‘What About Law?’ by Catherine Barnard, Graham Virgo and Janet O’Sullivan; ‘Letters to a Law Student’ by Nicholas McBride.

Online resources

McBridge’s Guides website 🔗 🌟 This website contains some introductions to components of law which you would study as part of a Law degree.

Public Law for Everyone website** 🔗 A great source of information about contemporary legal issues relating directly to current affairs, including a blog post containing advice for aspiring law students written by a former Cambridge law student!

BBC Radio 4 ‘Law in Action’ podcasts 🔗 These podcasts are an accessible way to hear about some interesting legal scenarios and issues.

Try to notice how legal themes appear everywhere! You could watch plays such as ‘Machinal’ which follows a trial and deals with complex legal issues.

If you can, you could visit your local court or even famous institutions like the Supreme Court or the Old Bailey!

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