Saturday, April 13, 2013
Studying Land Law - Textbooks and revision plan
I read here and there. But never really read any.
But studying law is different. I think having the textbook that fits the way you think and learn is very important.
I find learning the UK land law is like learning a new language and I know as an ESL (now I claim to be bilingual) how difficult it is. When the first term started, in the lecture and in the supervision, I was recommended to get Gray and Gray: the Elements of Land Law. Yes it is an alright book. With 1000+ pages. You can use it as a pillow. To me, it was too long and too... indirect. I would read a passage and would still be confused. So I bought a case book by McFarlane but still it was too much. And I found Land Law by Elizabeth Cooke in the library and started reading it. It made it sense but it was for an introductory level - also very thin definitely not enough info is packed in. And then I found Modern Land Law by Dixon. And that is the book that I have been using for revision. It's written in a clear manner and is well organised and it's not that big.
I am sure the more you know, the better you will be in the exams but I think it is more important to know the foundations clear than just knowing many things at a superficial level. I don't know but that's the strategy I am taking.
So for land law revision I am :
1. Reviewing class notes
2. Reviewing supervision notes and questions
3. Reviewing comments received on my essay submissions
4. Outlining the course
5. Building a list of all the cases that I need to know - mainly based on supervision sheets
6. Writing some flashcards for key cases and concepts
7. Topic diagrams / flowcharts
Yup it is a lot to do. I better get on it.