The maximum word limit for the assignment is 6000 words. There is no 10% leeway on the maximum word count. For further information please refer to You must declare your word count at the end of your essay. Please list in a bibliography at the end of the essay the main sources (books and other materials) consulted in writing your essay. Any quotations should be accompanied by a full reference with page numbers. In all Law modules, footnotes for referencing purposes will not count towards the word limit. Please use OSCOLA referencing conventions. Footnotes for referencing purposes will not count towards the word limit Brief Notes on Essay Writing. With all pieces of written work a sound structure and logical progression through the topic is vital. A ‘legal’ essay requires a clear, logical structure to ensure clarity. The key points/issues should be identified and summarised in an introduction and the findings/key arguments summarised and re-enforced in a conclusion at the end of the piece. As many legal essays require an objective analysis of the relevant issues, writing in the ‘third person’ is often preferred although this should in no way be seen as an absolute requirement. You should consult a number of sources when attempting to discuss a legal topic or analyse a legal problem. You are usually referred to the most relevant in lectures, but credit will always be given for initiative. Primary sources (i.e. cases and legislation) are usually the most important reference materials, but the insights and ideas of respected academics and commentators are also useful. Below are some of the most common issues referred to on essay feedback sheets. They are just some indicators and are by no means intended to be authoritative; Check your work before submission; • Spelling (particularly case names) and grammar, • Ensure that citations, references and bibliography are all included and in the correct form, • Try to avoid the use of the 1st person. (I think etc.) • Use an introduction and conclusion, to the complete work and each section within that work. (Basic, but so easily forgotten) • Ensure that you make the key principles clear to the examiner. • When referring to cases, isolate the relevant legal points from those cases. If drawing analogies with decided cases only include the relevant points do not re-type the law report! • Make sure that your statements and arguments make sense and are consistent throughout the answer. • Do not be too quick to jump to conclusions and neglect to consider another line of argument. • Progress logically through problem questions, dealing with each legally significant point as it arises. • If your answer amounts to only half of the word limit check that you have not omitted an important point. • Use a variety of sources, this will provide you with more diverse approach to your analysis.