How to write the perfect law essay: Common sense tips that are easily forgotten
So you’ve got a deadline for a law essay coming up. You have your topic ready but your mind has suddenly drawn a blank & you have forgotten how to go about writing an essay.
Well, luckily for you, we’ve come up with a helpful guide to writing the perfect law essay. Our tips are presumed common sense but can be easily forgotten when anyone is put under the stress of a looming deadline.
The Powerful Introduction
Any good essay starts with an introduction that tells the reader what the piece is about. Regardless of whether you’re answering a question or just tackling a subject head on, make sure you refer to it. Let the reader know what you’re talking about, and be clear and concise! Know the subject inside out.
Statements like “this essay will” show your confidence in the subject matter. Make sure that you grab the readers’ attention – You want them to want to keep reading, not feel like they have to!
For an introduction, it’s always good to provide a brief ‘road map’ of where you’re going to take the essay. Explain what you’re going to do in the body and what will take you to your conclusion. If you plan to break the essay into sections – explain what each section is.
And finally, make sure that the introduction seamlessly leads into the next part of the essay – the body. Let it flow.
Writing the Body
This is your main talking point. The obvious is to make sure you have correctly use grammar and punctuation and again, keep things flowing – use paragraphs that lead into each other. A good starting point is to try to aim for one idea/reference per paragraph.
Speaking of references… Make sure you have them. It’s all very good having an opinion but you will need to have facts and proof to back up what you’re saying. Take your time finding appropriate sources. Journals, books, speeches from conferences are examples of where you may find respectable sources – We don’t want something your neighbour may or may not have said.
This is obvious but make sure you have read your references and understand what is being said from them. Use the reference as a way of progression & not for the sake of using a reference. Also, another reference tip is to not use anything that is too long. Cut it down if you think it is appropriate and vital for your essay, otherwise you may as well just hand the reference piece in as your essay! (Don’t do that).
Don’t forget to remain confident about the topic! You are here to show you know your stuff.
Writing the Conclusion
This is probably the most important part of your essay. Here, you will prove to the reader that you know what you’re talking about and will sum up the arguments and discussions you have previously raised.
Make sure you make the connections between everything you have wrote about – Explain how such a reference was helpful towards the conclusion and how it helped in the end.
Be sure to not go off on a tangent and spark a personal debate on the topic. It is about what you have learnt or found out – not what you personally think.
The conclusion is the ending of the essay so you need to make sure you END the essay. Don’t finish asking more questions or sparking further debate. Conclude.
So there we have it – Our ‘common sense but easily forgotten’ tips to writing a great law essay. It’s important to remain focused and take your time, so be sure that you aren’t leaving things to the last minute. You need to have the opportunity to proofread the essay once it’s done.
Best of luck!
About the Author: The author is a freelance writer at EssayJedi.com and specialises in law and other related topics. In her spare time, she likes to read books that inspire her both personally and professionally.