It is difficult to give general tips for Law essays because each essay has a different subject. It’s important to consider your specific course, degree program, or university expectations. That said, it is a good rule of thumb that strong Law essays will usually establish and advance a particular topic or argument. (Note that I’m talking about essays here, not problem questions, which require a different approach.)
A good essay will have a thesis statement or main point. The first paragraph of your essay should state this main point. In other words, you can start with the prompt and work from there. For example:
In my first-year torts class, we learned that it is legal for people in cars to “tailgate” in the fast lane. However, I don’t think this is right. It should be illegal to tailgate in the fast lane because it can cause accidents and road rage.
A good essay title should inform the reader of the essay’s topic and purpose without being explicitly stated.
This is why the question, ‘Do you agree that parliamentary sovereignty is the most important principle in the UK constitution?’ is of particular interest. Here, two very different answers may be appropriate.
The first might be used by someone who argues that parliamentary sovereignty is not the most important principle in the UK constitution. If this were their answer, they would likely want to say something about how other principles — such as equality before the law — ought to take precedence over parliamentary sovereignty.
The second might be used by someone who argues that parliamentary sovereignty is the most important principle in the UK constitution. If this were their answer, they would likely want to say something about how other principles — such as democracy — ought to take precedence over parliamentary sovereignty.
This post looks at the arguments for and against saying that parliamentary sovereignty is the most important principle in the UK constitution. It does not offer a view on which of these arguments are better than others. Rather, it aims to summarize the key arguments and some of the supporting evidence for each. The article also looks at the potential consequences of parliamentary sovereignty for how the law is made in the UK, including implications for the relationship between Parliament and government and UK law and EU law.
This also clarifies why you shouldn’t ask someone else to write your essay for you. You’re not buying the words of another; you’re buying their thoughts and ideas. And it is, in this sense, a deeply personal essay.
More than this, it’s a deeply personal essay that will be read by a room full of strangers. It’s not the same as writing an email to your mum or dad.
You’re also sharing with the readers. And this means that if your essay is going to work, it has to be convincing and engaging for them too.
It’s tempting to fall back on what you’ve written before, but it must be new and relevant for the UCAS form. So if you wrote a piece about your brother in an old school essay, don’t just use that same piece here – instead, find something new about him.
It might also help to start with a title first (this will help you think about the tone of your writing) and then develop this into a draft once you’ve got a good idea of what you want to say.
At the same time, it’s important not to lose sight of the point of this part of your statement. It’s not about explaining everything about yourself but focusing on one or two really interesting things that make you stand out as a candidate for the course. This is why I think it’s better to write a shorter personal statement than a longer one.
The standard formula for such an essay is the following:
In your own words, state your thesis — that is, set out what it is that you are going to argue.
This should be done in your introductory paragraph — by the time the reader reaches the end of that paragraph, they should have a pretty good idea of what you will argue.
So far, this is not that different from the essay form we’ve already discussed. But now, you need to provide support for your argument. This means giving reasons and examples in support of your thesis. To do this, you will need at least two paragraphs: an “introduction” paragraph and a “conclusion.” paragraph. The introduction paragraph should include an explicit statement of the points you will be making in your essay. You may also choose to write an “evidence” paragraph that lists examples supporting your thesis.
What if I can’t come up with three good points? If you find yourself writing a paper and not being able to come up with at least three strong arguments, try brainstorming for other possible points.
This section will tell you how I learned to do this. I’ll also give you some advice on finding out what you think and explaining why that’s important.
Here are the three things I want
you to do:
1. Learn to deal with objections to your argument
2. Learn how to work out what you think about something
3. Learn how to use evidence in your essays
You may even want to explain why you don’t think the opposing point of view is correct. You can then make a case for your position.
For example, suppose you are writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about the need for any affordable housing in your town. In that case, you might begin by explaining why affordable housing is needed. You might then explain why it is not possible to build more affordable housing because the town’s zoning laws prohibit new construction.
Finally, you could offer solutions that would allow for more affordable housing without changing the zoning laws.
To conclude your letter, you might restate the main points you made in your letter. If possible, use an interesting or humorous quote to end your letter. For example, you might end with a quote from a government official who supports affordable housing. This would add some credibility to your argument and give readers a sense of what they can do to help improve affordable housing in their town.