The Reading Law Cookbook<sup>*</sup>

William Twining

in Law in Context

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198264835
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682810 | DOI:
The Reading Law Cookbook*

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This chapter presents a primer of self-education about law. This includes a consideration of the following: clarification of standpoint; reading any text; legal literature in general; newspapers; policy documents; legislation; Law Reports I: Orthodox reading; Law Reports II: Less orthodox reading; trial records, contextual studies of leading cases, reading a juristic or other secondary text: the historical, the analytical, and the applied; casebooks; textbooks; law reviews; and reading about law. Law is interesting and there is a vast mass of literature which tends to fall outside the official curriculum, but which can add to the enjoyment of the legal education as well as to its quality. This chapter enumerates some texts for legal education. It also encourages following one's interests in reading legal texts. For those who are into literature, there is a host of novels and plays that have legal topics.

Keywords: legal text; literature; curriculum

Chapter.  4684 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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