Studying Law at University: Everything You Need to Know

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4
ESSENTIAL STUDY
SKILLS: READING,
NOTE-TAKING, AND
LEARNING LEGAL
CONCEPTS

Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Ecclesiastes 12:12

To do well in your law studies, you will need to make the most of your study time. This chapter describes how you can improve your reading and notetaking skills and maximise your memory to enhance your learning of legal theory.


READING

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

Francis Bacon, 1625

While we're fresh on the topic of time management (see Chapter 3), let's consider the task that takes up most of the typical student's (and the typical lawyer's) time: reading. You need to become very good at reading quickly and grasping the main ideas. There is a more detailed discussion of reading case law in Chapter 6, but here we will just give a few hints about reading more quickly. If you are doing a combined degree, as many law students are, you will also

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