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Law - LLB and other law degrees (1st Year Support): Books

Research assistance, subject guides and useful library resources for first year law students, compiled by the Faculty of Law librarians


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Importance of consulting books when doing research

"When faced with a legal problem or question, a recent textbook on that subject is the most convenient and practical way to get  a summary discussion of the legal principles that apply to that issue.  The author (or authors) provides an exposition of the law with reference to relevant constitutional and statutory principles, the common law, judicial precedent , customs, customary law, international law and foreign law. 

When deciding whether to consider a particular book, it is imperative to consider the date of the publication.  As laws develop and change, books may become outdated and lose their relevance.  This is why textbooks periodically have newer editions published.  This is the only way to keep the publication relevant in that field of study". Meintjies-Van der Walt Introduction to South African Law (2019) 174


Books and Loose-Leaf Publications Electronically Available in Law Databases

Multidisciplinary Databases that contain Law E-Books

UJ Library Catalogue

Course Reserves

Prescribed textbooks and other publications placed in reserve by a lecturer will show in the Catalogue (UJLink) under Course Reserves.

e-Books and Collections

Electronic books (e-books) can be searched for in the UJ Library Catalogue (UJLink). 

Some electronic titles also form part of the UJ databases' collections.

Research Support

Find search guides, training videos and tutorials that will assist you with searching for books, e-books and prescribed textbooks on the Research Support page of this LibGuide.

Reputable Links

Reputable Internet links to Legal Information Institute and Open Access websites can be found on the Reputable Links page of this LibGuide.