Tips on Selection of Reading Materials

Reading constitutes a significant part of a law student’s life. Textbooks, judgments, academic commentaries etc., these materials are what you will usually be asked to read in the course of studying law. Don’t be too intimidated by the reading lists, just give yourself some time to get adapt to the new learning mode – you’ll definitely find your way to deal with it!

Below are some suggestions which may help you select and manage the reading materials for each law course:

a) Required reading

Materials belonging to this category are those which your teacher asks you to read. They are probably chapters from the prescribed textbooks of the course, and landmark cases for certain areas of law. It is probable that the content covered by these reading materials is examinable.

You are highly encouraged to read them before attending lectures and/or tutorials. This can help you form a broad picture of the topic which you are going to be taught.

b) Recommended reading

These are materials recommended by your teachers to read in addition to the required ones. While these materials may not be examinable (you have to check with your teachers), they can help you understand the legal principles more widely and profoundly. Having a holistic understanding of the law may enable you to come up with more in-depth analysis and distinguished views when tackling problem questions and essays in the exam.

c) Your own research materials

Following the common law system, decided cases in both local and overseas jurisdictions can have an impact in the development of the law in Hong Kong. Key cases are usually covered in the textbooks, but not necessarily the most recent ones. You may take the initiative to look for new cases decided locally and overseas to see if there is any update on the law.

You are also most welcome read textbooks and academic commentaries outside of both the required and recommended reading lists for your own interests.

Hope you enjoy reading and learning