This is a list of further reading on legal and other skills for law students. At the bottom of the page more advanced readings and resources are included.

General advice on study skills

General advice on legal methods and skills

What is critical thinking?

Grammar and usage guides

    • John Seely, Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation (2nd Oxford University Press 2009)
    • Jeremy Butterfield, Oxford A-Z of English Usage (Oxford University Press 2007)
    • Lesley Ward and Geraldine Woods, English Grammar for Dummies (UK edition) (John Wiley 2007)

Advice on writing (general)

    • George Orwell’s classic ‘Politics and the English Language’ Collected Essays, (London: Mercury, 1961), p. 337; also in In Front of Your Nose (New York: Harcourt, 1968), p. 127
    • Mark Tredinnick, Writing well: the essential guide (Cambridge University Press, 2008);
    • Alastair Fowler, How to Write (Oxford University Press 2006)
    • Provost, Gary100 Ways to Improve Your Writing (Penguin, 1985)
    • Economist Style Guide
    • OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab

Writing guides for law students and lawyers:

    • Higgins, Edwina, and Laura Tatham. Successful Legal Writing. London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2010;
    • Strong, SI . How to Write Law Essays and Exams. Oxford UP
    • Askey and McLeod Studying Law
    • Power and Teare Writing for Law

More advanced materials. 

These are likely to be more relevant to final year law students and postgraduates.

Legal method:

    • William L. Twining and David Miers, How to do Things with Rules: a Primer of Interpretation (5th ed. Cambridge University Press 2012)
Critical thinking guides
    • Stella Cottrell, Critical thinking skills : developing effective analysis and argument (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005); and Palgrave’s study skills site
    • M. Neil Browne and Stuart M. Keeley, Asking the right questions : a guide to critical thinking (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007);
    • Richard Paul and Linda Elder, Critical thinking: tools for taking charge of your learning and your life (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006) (there are short guides also by Paul and Elder).
Guidance on methodology
    • Cryer, R., T. Hervey, B. Sokhi-Bulley and A. Bohm Research Methodologies in EU and International Law (Oxford: Hart, 2011)
    • Salter, Michael and Julie Mason Writing law dissertations : an introduction and guide to the conduct of legal research (Harlow, England ; New York: Pearson/Longman, 2007)
    • Morris, C. and C. Murphy Getting a PhD in Law(Oxford: Hart, 2011).
    • Organizing your social sciences research paper

Writing style advice and readability tools

    • Writer’s diet page
    • Explorations of Style: Academic writing blog
    • Doctoral writing blog
    • Gunning fog index
    • Readability tools

Writing guides for law students and lawyers:

    • Tom Goldstein and Jethro Koller Lieberman, The lawyer’s guide to writing well (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002)

Academic career

More on academic career

  • Julie Schumacher, Dear committee members (Anchor Books 2015)