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Law books for a new LLB student???

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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Hiya all!

I am going to start a Law degree (LLB) in September and i would really like to get a few books before i start so i can do some reading over the summer.

I would really appreciate it if any current or past law students could give me some advice on some core books that i will definitely need.

Thanks!
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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1 Like #1
pm bargainhunter2009, she may be able to help, and magicjay :thumbsup:
#2
Which modules are you taking?
#3
michelleleemoo
pm bargainhunter2009, she may be able to help, and magicjay :thumbsup:


thanks will do!

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#4
angelfairee
Which modules are you taking?


from the uni website

Level 1

Core Modules - 120 credits

LAW101 Legal Institutions and Methods
LAW103 Law of Contract
LAW112 Human Rights and Civil Liberties
LAW113 Criminal Law

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1 Like #5
These are the books I had for those modules:

The English Legal System - Slapper and Kelly
Human Rights and Civil Liberties - Foster
Criminal Law - Heaton

And I didn't buy a Contract book.

I know that my uni recommended a different core text for Criminal Law, but I found the text above to be a lot more useful and easier to understand. I am a bit biased towards Oxford Uni Press books though because I worked for them through uni and they gave me my textbooks for free.

I would recommend that you hold off buying the Human Rights book at least, because as I seem to remember I didn't really use it a lot. You'll find your uni have ample amounts of books in the library, so maybe wait until you're there before you buy books.

You may also find that 2nd years will be trying to sell their first year books, so if you wanted to save a bit of money you could look out for those. In fact - would you like to buy my entire shelf of law books?! Haha.

Hope some of that helped.
#6
angelfairee
These are the books I had for those modules:

The English Legal System - Slapper and Kelly
Human Rights and Civil Liberties - Foster
Criminal Law - Heaton

And I didn't buy a Contract book.

I know that my uni recommended a different core text for Criminal Law, but I found the text above to be a lot more useful and easier to understand. I am a bit biased towards Oxford Uni Press books though because I worked for them through uni and they gave me my textbooks for free.

I would recommend that you hold off buying the Human Rights book at least, because as I seem to remember I didn't really use it a lot. You'll find your uni have ample amounts of books in the library, so maybe wait until you're there before you buy books.

You may also find that 2nd years will be trying to sell their first year books, so if you wanted to save a bit of money you could look out for those. In fact - would you like to buy my entire shelf of law books?! Haha.

Hope some of that helped.


thanks so much that is a huge help! i really appreciate you taking the time to give advice :) repped!

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#7
No problem. If you need any more help or anything then PM me.
#8
Are you really doing all four courses together? 120 points is the equivalent of a year on a full time course. The aim with the OU is to fit the study around work. Unless you know something about law already, my recommendation would be to take 60pts a year. At around £1300 per 60pt course, anything more will be expensive as well as very taxing.
You will of course get these books as part of the course material sent to you so buying them in advance will add to your cost and duplicate the materials. I suggest either looking at Sesame and finding a student whose selling one of the sets of course study books and reading those. alternatively, get hold of relevant books from the "In a nutshell" range. I think they're published by Sweet & Maxwell but you'll find them in the library. I don't know how the other poster got through without a book on Contract. They usually recommend Treitel or Smith but be warned, these are serious textbooks (as is the whole degree course), and this is the first year ... so the easiest level. The book by Slapper suggested but the other poster may be useful as Gary Slapper is the Prof of Law at the OU!
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#9
Congrats on getting on your course!

For legal methods i used Legal Methods(Palgrave) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Legal-Method-Palgrave-Macmillan-Masters/dp/0230579167/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1248426003&sr=8-10 but to be honest I seldom used it at all and the material for this course was fairly basic and required little independent reading.

I found contract law probably to most taxing of the first year subjects. Most of the textbooks are difficult to read but i did find the Law Express books made some things much clearer http://www.amazon.co.uk/Contract-Law-Express-Emily-Finch/dp/1408204339/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1248426118&sr=8-1

With criminal law I used http://www.amazon.co.uk/Criminal-Core-Texts-Nicola-Padfield/dp/0199533032/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1248426260&sr=8-1

But again its down to personal choice different textbooks suit different people it may be useful to pop down to your bookstore and browse through a few and see which one looks easiest to understand. I buy and sell most of my textbooks from Amazon marketplace and you can get some really good deals. Also I think there is a 20% off borders voucher atm which you might find useful

All the best, if you need any help you can also PM me
#10
Oh also we were recommended to read Letters to a Law Student before we went to uni, this might be a good read

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-Law-Student-Studying-University/dp/0582894255/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1248426449&sr=8-1
#11
Hey, Just graduated from a law LLB course....so lemme see....
The only modules I think I did the same as you are criminal and contract.....Did criminal 2nd year but it wont matter. I think I did a module of Human Rights under another module title, will try remember and get back to you.
Firstly its worth mentioning that the library at your university will have a few copies of the core texts so If you cant afford books at the moment, dont worry, you will be able to access them at some point without paying. One of each of the core books should be in a 'key texts' area...meaning it cannot be checked out, so you should be able to get access whenever you require. I however prefered my own books, Much easier to note and organise revision/uni prep work.
As for buying the books, I wouldnt spend too much on books before you go. You will get a module manual when you begin which will suggest key texts for you. Although some students prefer to choose their own books, often lecturers like to reference pages, so the key texts can be easier to find the relevent things in.
If you want to just get a feel for the subjects I strongly recommend the 'key texts' revision book range (Ill find out the exact names in a sec). These dont contain half the info you need to know but I used them to build a kind of basic knowledge, then I filled in the details with the other books, plus they are about £7 each which is a good bargain, and excellent for last min revision :).
Finally....Keep an eye on the editions of any books you buy, Law changes constantly and although you dont NEED a brand new edition, It makes your life a lot easier. Old books sometimes have laws in that have been repealed, so you cant really trust them.....means a lot of double checking in the long run.
hope this helped.....Ill try find my revision books and let you know the names :)

Its the 'key facts' range.... http://www.wildy.com/isbn/9780340958650/key-facts-contract-law-2nd-ed They do a different book for each module, I got them all as they helped me so much.
#12
you have a pm from me :) - to be honest though its not worth realy reading much now as they will explain all what you need at uni! Enjoy the time you have left off! Good luck, its worth it. Lil_tiger - did you get your results? We dont have out graduation until november! So long away!
#13
what uni u goin 2???
#14
bargainhunter2009
you have a pm from me - to be honest though its not worth realy reading much now as they will explain all what you need at uni! Enjoy the time you have left off! Good luck, its worth it. Lil_tiger - did you get your results? We dont have out graduation until november! So long away!


yeah I did....ended up with a 2:2 :x just out of the 2:1 bracket....really not impressed :x but its enough to get on the LPC if I want to do it next year...least I passed eh....ooo you can answer me a question lol.....Do you know if you get a grade for the LPC? I want to lose my 2:2 for the obvious reasons :cry: and wondered if it would be shadowed by a better LPC grade.....not sure if you will know or not but worth a shot :)

Also agree with not reading much...hence the revision books suggestions :thumbsup:

My grad isnt til November too!!!!!!!!!! all my friends have had theirs now (from other uni's) its soooo not fair!!!!!!!! (dont even know where to start buying the robe things lol)
#15
lil_tiger
yeah I did....ended up with a 2:2 :x just out of the 2:1 bracket....really not impressed :x but its enough to get on the LPC if I want to do it next year...least I passed eh....ooo you can answer me a question lol.....Do you know if you get a grade for the LPC? I want to lose my 2:2 for the obvious reasons :cry: and wondered if it would be shadowed by a better LPC grade.....not sure if you will know or not but worth a shot :)

Also agree with not reading much...hence the revision books suggestions :thumbsup:

My grad isnt til November too!!!!!!!!!! all my friends have had theirs now (from other uni's) its soooo not fair!!!!!!!! (dont even know where to start buying the robe things lol)


Which uni are you at? Im at Herts. (well was at herts!) I think (although not entirely sure) that the LPC does have grades and any employer would prob look at both. I wish I could do the LPC but £10k just too expensive!
#16
bargainhunter2009
Which uni are you at? Im at Herts. (well was at herts!) I think (although not entirely sure) that the LPC does have grades and any employer would prob look at both. I wish I could do the LPC but £10k just too expensive!


I was at sheffield....Yeah I wasnt going to do it because of the cost...but my dad has offered to pay....and I just think that if I did it, and got better than a 2:2 (or equivalent) then I would be better off...was seriously gutted about that grade and guess I just want to prove that I can do things....Hopefully a better grade at an LPC would make companies give me at least a 2nd glance...
#17
lil_tiger;5840250
I was at sheffield....Yeah I wasnt going to do it because of the cost...but my dad has offered to pay....and I just think that if I did it, and got better than a 2:2 (or equivalent) then I would be better off...was seriously gutted about that grade and guess I just want to prove that I can do things....Hopefully a better grade at an LPC would make companies give me at least a 2nd glance...

Try calling the type of law firms you might be interested in working for and asking them.
I know around here even the local firms expect minimum 2:1 as the standard.
LPC is graded, but that isn't massively important.
2:2 definitely won't get you Magic Circle, London or even the larger regionals (eg Everseds) unless you have either some personal circumstances explaining it, or a huge amount of practical legal experience (Eg volunteering at CAB, Mediation, Essex Moot Court winner, CEDR Negotiation Comp winner etc etc).

OP try Smith & Hogan: Criminal Law & Paul Richards Law of Contract.
LoC is short but a great intro, S&H is readable and comprehensive.
#18
thanks so much for all your advice i really appreciate everyone's comments :)

xx
#19
micoo
what uni u goin 2???


Sunderland uni

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#20
You don't get to upgrade to a 2.1 for the LPC. Frankly, in the present climate you'd probably struggle to get a training contract (even less a pupillage) with a 2.2.

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