What to Do and Avoid in Law Essays?

Writing effective law essays requires a combination of clear communication, analytical thinking, and adherence to proper legal writing conventions.

Do not use casual or informal language. Keeping it simple does not mean informality; your style should remain academic and not include slang, abbreviations or colloquialisms, unless they are direct, properly referenced quotes.

Always use full sentences and write in paragraphs. Avoid overly long or short paragraphs and resist the temptation to use bullet points in your law essay as this does not demonstrate clear analysis or evaluation.

Avoid Incorrect citations of legislation. Each university has different rules regarding how these should be presented in your law essays, so ensure you know and understand your institution’s requirements.

Credit all sources. If you do not have a source, any legal argument not only loses credibility but becomes meaningless. Of course, all sources should also be credible, relevant and checked. At the same time, do not pepper your essay with irrelevant sources, each case cited should be there for a valid reason, and clearly evaluated and analysed.

If you follow the above guidelines and avoid these pitfalls, you will be able to craft well-structured, well-reasoned, and well-researched law essays that effectively convey your understanding of legal concepts and principles.
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