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Legal skills and debates in Scotland
Legal skills and debates in Scotland

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Week 3: Argument and precedent

Introduction

This week considers some important aspects of legal skills, developing an argument and judicial precedent.

To gain a fuller understanding of both law and its role we need to go beyond descriptions of law and its application. An essential skill for anyone wanting to use the law is the ability to analyse and evaluate the reasoned argument of others. Analysis, evaluation, critical thinking all contribute towards the development of a reasoned persuasive argument. They are important legal skills and ones that are transferable into everyday life and work. Critical thinking involves analysis and evaluation. You will explore both of these as you work through this week.

After this week of study you should understand:

  • how to construct a reasoned argument
  • the ways in which an argument can be developed and evidenced
  • the development and use of judicial precedent.