Legal writing for university law degrees at all levels has its own peculiarities that sets it apart from other types of writing in the social sciences and sciences. This Style Guide is designed to give students studying for a degree in Law the basic guidelines for their projects, long essays, dissertations and thesis. These are essential prerequisite for partial fulfilment of all degrees at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The first draft of this Style guide was done in 2014. It started with a desire to provide students in the School with the basics of writing a project, dissertation or thesis. It has been in use ever since by successive students. This led me to updating and writing a more detailed guide than the initial draft.
Students are often at a loss as to the practicalities with which academic projects and research should be written. The research method curriculum lays emphasis on the methodological approach to research. For lawyers, the doctrinal approach is the norm, which is similar to the way law reports are reported. I dare say that empirical research can be an integral part of law research. Law students often shy away from empirical studies in law. The latter part of this Style Guide deals with this aspect of empirical research, albeit not in detail.
It is my wish that this Style Guide will be useful to law students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.