Notes of guidance for students:

1. You MUST specify your approved jurisprudential topic and case at the start of your essay.

2. This essay is your opportunity to demonstrate your general understanding of your approved jurisprudential topic and to show that you are able to apply it to current issues in understanding the nature of law. The focus of the essay should thus be your approved topic.

3. You will need to demonstrate knowledge of important and original sources in your approved jurisprudential topic. Make sure that everything is fully referenced with proper citations. See the link to OSCOLA in the links section of the eLP site.

4. References to other jurisprudential or legal examples should be from the point of view of your approved jurisprudential topic. If other disciplines are relevant, such as sociology, psychology, economics, etc, indicate principles without full treatment, although cite references where possible. You must concentrate on the jurisprudence.

5. Work hard at your style. Note in particular from your reading the way different writers present ideas in jurisprudence, e.g. in journal articles. Seek clarity of expression.

6. Your attention is drawn to the regulations governing plagiarism set out in the programme handbook. It is your responsibility to ensure that any material you incorporate from your research is properly referenced. Useful links are included in the ‘links’ section of the jurisprudence eLP site.