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Our site is popular with law students, and of course any visitor is welcome. Law students come in all shapes and sizes, and there seems to be a readiness to ask for help with course work.

I have great sympathy for such requests, but if I did answer them, I would be wasting both my, and the students' time. One of the major skills in law is learning how and where to look things up. The practising lawyer learns also when to look things up. When answering a question would mean the loss of such an opportunity by the student, or perhaps even a revisiting of the same skills by me, no answer will be forthcoming.

There are two situations which might tempt me to answer:

  1. The student has clearly done the work, and just wants to check a part of the answer (although I do not have the patience to read long questions).
  2. The question has genuine novelty. Again this is rare for questions addressed to students who have yet to get command of the basics.

Please, therefore, do not be upset if your request meets with a refusal, or indeed no response at all. It is nothing personal. Our site lists as many resources of law as I know about, and a visit to the appropriate links page is often as good as I can get the answer to be.

Always, the better approach is first to demonstrate that you have done the work, and then to isolate points requiring confirmation or comment. I would then suggest that you subscribe to, and post your question there.

On a related point, it has come to my attention that our law-index is particularly popular with law students. May I only make one, and gentle warning. The site is also visited regularly by several law lecturer's of my acquaintance. They tell me they know when a student copies anything from the site (probably by the spelling mistakes)

Best of luck, and always remember the sun. Remember it only, because you should not be seeing too much of it.

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