The study of law is diverse and prepares students not only for careers in the legal sector, but also in politics, business and many others. Coursework in both core as well as specialised subjects typically involves theoretical study and research as well as practice in applying the law in work situations.
To write assignments about law, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to law go to this page:
Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In law, you will probably write:
- Critiques, where you evaluate something you've studied from the perspective of your discipline
- Essays, where you make a coherent argument and employ critical thinking skills
- Problem Questions, where you analyse a complex problem in order to give advice.
Each of these genres has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about these genres, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it.
If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all law courses are the same and they might include assignments in different genres from the three typical ones above.