Sunday, 23 December 2012

Welcome to Law Sessions with me, Jennifer Housen.  I have spent the last 10 years dedicated to legal training and this Blog is support for the website,  This Blog will not seek to 'teach' law, rather to guide law students on how they should 'think like a lawyer'.  I am always happy to see the excitement, anticipation and promise on the law students' faces on day one of starting their exciting law career journey.  However, too often, by the end of the course (exams, actually - - and receipt of the marks)...such promise, eager anticipation and keenness give way to heartache, despondency and genuine unhappiness as students receive their exam results and either fail to get the marks they hoped for or, worse, fail the subject.  Too often, the reason for failure is the way students write, and the way they discuss the answer to a law exam question.

It matters not whether you have a first class degree in History, English, Maths or any other degree (even an MBA or PhD!) the simple fact is, approaching law is completely different from anything you have ever done before.  My two favourite sayings when it comes to the law are (1) He is no lawyer who cannot argue both sides and (2) the only reason you are working for your client, is that the other side did not come to you first.  The reason I quite like these quotes, is that it pierces at the heart of how a law student should engage him/herself, i.e., you should be able to take the same law and facts, and argue for two different sides i.e., for the Plaintiff (or Prosecution) and the Defendant.  No matter how strong an argument you see for one (or the other), always, always remember that the other side also has arguments in their favour (albeit weak in your estimation).  Remember, the lawyer for Mrs Donoghue had lost a similar case only two weeks before; and Parker CJ in Fisher v Bell, was actually initially intrigued as to how a lawyer was going to convince him that a flick knife in a shop window was not an offer.

What this Blog will seek to do each week, is to take various LLB topics (or exam questions) and argue them from two sides.  Examiners are concerned with your ability to assess a set of facts and, using the law you know, apply them to those facts to give a cogent and reasonably argued outcome.  So the first thing you need as a law student, is to have done some reading (yes...I's a lot)...but you must know the basics and have read at least one case.  My two personal favourites are Donoghue v Stevenson and Fisher v Bell.  They are simple and understandable and allow you to appreciate a legal discussion .

I will ask that you check each week to review the topic I have discussed (for and against) in this Blog.  Even if it is not a topic or subject you are currently covering, I would ask you to read it for style, focus and arguments, so that you can understand how you can approach answering exam an assignment questions.  I am pained when I see services which offer assignment writing.  Simply put, it is wrong, and it is cheating.  It doesn't help you and it doesn't help the future client.  If law is what you want to do as a career, then learn the rules.  Once you know the rules you can manipulate it the way you choose.  You will hone your writing skill and understand how to analyse the law.  Using an assignment writing service will not assist you.

I hope you will join me each week.



  1. Please feel free to post a comment, question or thought which relates to the particular post....

  2. This is really great work. Thank you for sharing such a useful piece of information here in the blog.Law Assignment Help |Finance Assignment Help

  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

  4. Nice Blog! Experience the Best Assignment Writing Services at Assignment Help Sydney Australia

  5. I really Appreciate you Research and work. Thanks For Sharing.
    -Law Assignment Help Sydney Australia

  6. Wonderful Article! This content is very helpful and easily understandable to everyone. Keep sharing.

    Dissertation Writing Service

  7. I really like this website, and I hope to see new content on this website, hoping to notify me when I'll be back. coursework writing for ireland students

  8. Hi Jennifer
    Please can you confirm if you have any website where we can find all lectures together and sample written answers ? Please any link if there must share . Thank you so much , azam