Becoming a Lawyer: Fundamental Skills for Law Students
Fundamental Skills for Law Students is an essential publication for every new law student. Before the introduction of the four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Law degree in South African universities, it was gen
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Fundamental Skills for Law Students is an essential publication for every new law student. Before the introduction of the four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Law degree in South African universities, it was generally assumed that prospective law students would somehow acquire these skills in their pre-LLB degree studies.
To what extent those students were successful in doing so is debatable; and the implementation of the new LLB syllabus has highlighted the urgent need for preparatory skills training for new law students.
Table of contents
PART A - The Use of Words: Reasoning, Speaking, Reading and Writing Skills
1 - The Use of Words
2 - Thinking and Logical Reasoning
3 - Speaking Skills
4 - Reading Skills
5 - Writing Skills
6 - Applied Logic: Critical Reasoning
PART B - Basic Computer Skills
7 - Introduction to Computers
8 - Word-processing Skills
9 - Introduction to the Internet
10 - Introduction to On-line Education
PART C - Finding the Law: Basic Legal Research Skills
11 - Using the Law Library
12 - Book-based Research Skills
13 - Computer-based Research Skills
A - My LexisNexis and Jutastat Online
B - Sabinet Online
PART D - Study and Examination Skills
14 - Self-discipline and Effective Study Methods
15 - Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials
16 - Answering Questions, Writing Assignments, Consolidating Notes and Making Summaries
17 - Tests and Examinations
PART E - Numeracy and Accounting Skills
18 - General Principles of Arithmetic, Algebra and Consumer Calculations
19 - Basic Concepts of Accounting
PART F - Appendices, Glossary, References and Index
Appendix 1 - The Legal Citator
Appendix 2 - "Plagiarise. Let no one else's work evade your eyes"
Appendix 3 - Roman Numeral Table
Appendix 4 - "Is it just a Web of Lies?"