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What about Law?


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1 Introduction to Law Catherine Barnard, Graham Virgo and Janet O'Sullivan 2 Criminal Law Graham Virgo 3 Law of Contract Janet O'Sullivan 4 Tort Tony Weir 5 Land Law 1 Kevin Gray 6 Equity Graham Virgo 7 Constitutional Law Mark Elliott 8 European Union Law Catherine Barnard 9 Conclusions: Drawing Some Threads Together Janet O'Sullivan, Catherine Barnard and Graham Virgo Epilogue

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Catherine Barnard is Reader in European Union Law, Jean Monnet Chair in European Law, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Author of EC Employment Law (OUP, 2006, 3rd edn) and The Substantive Law of the EU: The Four Freedoms (OUP, 2007, 2nd edn). Janet O'Sullivan is Senior Lecturer in Law, Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, winner of Cambridge University Pilkington teaching prize for excellence in university teaching; associate editor, Tottel's Journal of Professional Negligence; solicitor. Co-author of O'Sullivan and Hilliard, The Law of Contract (OUP, 2006, 2nd edn). Graham Virgo is Professor of English Law, Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge, winner of Cambridge University Pilkington teaching prize for excellence in university teaching; Law faculty access officer; barrister. Author of Principles of the Law of Restitution (OUP, 2006, 2nd edn).


Reviews of the First Edition 'What About Law?' succeeds where so many legal guidebooks fail. The authors give a measured, succinct tour around key legal issues that is both illuminating for the non-lawyer and refreshingly thought-provoking for those whose undergraduate days are long behind them...By anchoring the book in contemporary cases replete with human interest and a tangible effect on our lives, 'What About Law?' skilfully demystifies the law and ably proves its argument. The law is, indeed, all around us - and this book will whet your appetite to find out how and why. Alex Wade The Times 22nd January 2008 The enthusiasm of the authors for the academic study of their subject is infectious, and this energetic little book should give those musing about a law degree a better insight into whether to study law at university than any amount of work experience in a lawyer's office, which after all, is not the inevitable outcome of a law degree, any more than it necessitates one. Cherry James Web Journal of Current Legal Issues As a 17 year old student who wishes to study Law at University, I have found it particularly difficult to get a clear idea as to what studying Law entails having never studied it previously. However, your recently published book 'What about Law?' stands out as a superb read for any prospective Law student. The writing style is very accessible and areas of which I previously had little or no knowledge such as EU Law, have been brought to life through the excellent writing technique...After reading 'What about Law?', I feel far more aware of what the Law is and what a university Law course is likely to consist of...I am sure that anyone who has the good fortune to pick up and read this book will answer the title question with a resounding 'Yes! Matthew Cowen, Student at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree July 2008 ..very well conceived and superbly executed. Charles Rickett, University of Queensland November 2007 It is a concise and accessible introduction to law written by experts in each field. In addition to introducing the reader to fundamental legal concepts, each chapter offers an insight into the fascinating peculiarities of the law which will hopefully capture the imagination of potential law students. Dr Lisa Whitehouse (Schools & Colleges Liaison Officer, University of Hull), Nov 07 The authors of this volume expertly identify and communicate the essence of the subject: its broad scope, covering a wide range of social, political and moral problems; its intellectually satisfying methods of analysis, based on logic, precedent and judgment; and, above all, its entertainment value...I very much hope and expect that the information, and enthusiasm, contained in these pages will encourage potential law students. Foreword by David Pannick QC, Blackstone Chambers 18 June 2007

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