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Case breakdown

In his book ‘How to write Law Essays and Exams’ S I Strong outlines his method for successful essay and exams. CLEO (Claim, Law, Evaluation and Outcome) is a four  step  framework for legal analysis and writing.






Chapter 2 of the book focuses on reading Statutes and Cases. Strong has also added a case to the OUP Online Resource Centre that annotates a reported case from the free database Bailii, using the CLEO framework.

Click here to access the case

Welcome to all GDL students

A warm welcome to all our GDL students. You’ll find the library on the second floor of the Learning Resource Centre. There is no need to register to use the library, but each time you wish to borrow library items you will need to present your Student ID card at the library enquiry desk.

Laura Sutton and I share the post of Information Officer here at Guildford. We will be adding frequent posts with news about the library, changes to regular opening hours, times of legal research & database training sessions, research tips etc. so please check the blog regularly to see what’s going on! (Remember that essential information about library opening times, contact details, and FAQs about using the library – how to borrow, renew & reserve items etc – can be accessed by clicking the links at the top of the blog’s homepage.)

We look forward to meeting you all over the next couple of weeks at your 40-minute time-tabled library induction.

If you need any help at all, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of library staff or contact us by phone or E-mail:

01483 216788 (library desk)

01483 216821 (library office)

E-mail:  library.GLD@lawcol.co.uk

Best wishes to you all for your studies this year,


Helen Hinder – Wed, Thurs , Fri, alt. Sat, & Sun

Laura Sutton – Mon & Tues, every fourth Sat

Legal Research – books to borrow

Here is a selection of recently published legal research books that are available for you to borrow from the library:


First published in 1945, Glanville Williams: Learning the Law has been introducing students to the ‘foundation’ skills needed to study law effectively for the last 65 years. Now in its 14th edition, it is still the must-have book for every law student and for anybody considering a career in the law, about to study for a law degree or law module of a non-law degree.


Effective Legal Research is a practical guide to researching or tracing legal information effectively.


“Effective Legal Research is another one of those books that you wished you had bought in your first year of study. Without it, hours of painstaking research will often be spent before fully understanding how to undertake legal research…a must purchase. I just wish that I had been told about this book in my first year!” Student Law Journal

Legal Skills covers both academic and practical skills in one manageable volume meaning students need only buy one text and are encouraged to develop an overarching and integrated understanding of academic and practical legal skills.


 Legal Research: A Practitioner’s Handbook provides practical advice on every aspect of effective legal research: problem analysis, selecting and finding the best sources, and presenting results effectively. 

Legal Method – Language skills, study skills, argument skills and legal knowledge are vital to every law student, professional lawyer and academic. This book suggests a range of ‘how to’ techniques for acquiring these academic and practical skills. It explains how to work with legal texts, and how to read and write about the law.