Your Cart
Checklist for First-Class Law Essays

Checklist for First-Class Law Essays

Here is a more detailed law essay checklist to help you cover all the important aspects of writing a comprehensive and well-structured essay:

Understanding the question

  • Have I thoroughly read and understood the essay question or prompt?
  • Have I identified the key issues and requirements of the question?

Research and knowledge

  • Have I conducted extensive research on the relevant legal principles, statutes, case law, and academic literature?
  • Have I reviewed authoritative sources and reputable legal databases?
  • Have I familiarised myself with the current legal context and any recent developments in the area?

Planning and outlining

  • Have I created a clear and coherent outline for my essay?
  • Does the outline include an introduction, main body paragraphs, and a conclusion?
  • Have I organised my arguments and supporting evidence in a logical and systematic manner?


  • Does the introduction provide background information on the topic and its significance?
  • Does it clearly state the purpose and scope of the essay?
  • Does it include a thesis statement that presents the main argument or position of the essay?

Structuring the essay

  • Are the main points and arguments presented in a logical order?
  • Do the paragraphs have clear topic sentences that introduce the main idea of each paragraph?
  • Have I used appropriate headings or subheadings to enhance the readability and organization of the essay?

Analysis and arguments

  • Have I provided a comprehensive analysis of the legal issues involved?
  • Have I presented clear and well-supported arguments?
  • Have I cited relevant legal authorities, such as statutes, regulations, case law, and academic commentary?
  • Have I critically evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of different legal arguments or interpretations?

Use of authorities

  • Have I accurately and consistently cited and referenced all legal authorities and sources used?
  • Have I followed the required citation style (e.g. OSCOLA, APA, Harvard)?
  • Have I used accurate and up-to-date legal citations?

Coherence and clarity

  • Is the essay written in a clear and concise manner?
  • Have I used appropriate legal terminology and defined any technical terms or concepts?
  • Have I used transition words or phrases to ensure a smooth flow of ideas and coherence between paragraphs?

Counterarguments and responses

  • Have I considered potential counterarguments or alternative viewpoints?
  • Have I addressed these counterarguments and provided a strong rebuttal or response?


  • Does the conclusion effectively summarise the main points and arguments presented in the essay?
  • Does it restate the thesis and provide a clear and concise final statement?
  • Does it offer any suggestions, recommendations, or implications for further research or action?

Proofreading and editing

  • Have I proofread the essay for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors?
  • Have I checked for consistency in formatting, citation style, and referencing?
  • Have I reviewed the essay to ensure it meets the required word limit (if applicable)?

Compliance with guidelines

  • Have I followed all the specific guidelines, instructions, or formatting requirements provided by the instructor or institution?

By using this detailed checklist, you can ensure that your law essay is comprehensive, well-structured, and meets all the necessary criteria for a successful and persuasive argument.

For more comprehensive checklists, please refer to our Law Exam Guide.

Featured Collection

UOLLB Features

UOLLB First Class Law Notes

Diagrams and Charts

Our carefully designed diagrams and charts will guide you through complex legal issues.

Clear and Succinct Definitions

Key concepts are concisely defined to help you understand legal topics quickly.

Statutory Provisions

Statutory provisions are provided side by side with legal concepts to help you swiftly locate the relevant legislation.

Case Summaries

We have summarised important cases for you so that you don't need to read long and boring cases.

Rules and Exceptions

Rules and exceptions are clearly listed so that you know when a rule applies and when it doesn't.


Legal terms and key concepts are explained at the beginning of each chapter to help you learn efficiently.

Case Law

Case law is provided side by side with legal concepts so that you know how legal principles and precedents were established.

Law Essay Guide

You will learn essential law exam skills and essay writing techniques that are not taught in class.

Problem Question Guide

We will show you how to answer problem questions step by step to achieve first-class results.

Structured Explanations

Complex legal concepts are broken down into concise and digestible bullet point explanations.

Legal Research

You will learn legal research techniques with our study guide and become a proficient legal researcher.


All essential concepts, principles, and case law are included so that you can answer exam questions quickly.