General Miscellaneous Rules

There is a formal timetable for all assessed work in the law school. It is your responsibility to find out what that timetable is and to ensure that you organize your overall workload to be able to meet the deadlines for
submission of your work. You should be able to complete your obligations to write papers without cutting any
classes. There are procedures for obtaining extensions of the deadline for submission, but these are not given
lightly and never merely because you have been disorganized in your management of time.

Setting yourself a realistic timetable for the preparation of your paper is an important part of managing your
work load. You are unlikely to do yourself justice if you leave everything until the last minute. It is also
important to keep to the timetable if you are to get the maximum benefit from discussions with your
supervisor. Many staff keep time free to read drafts at the time scheduled for their submission. Late
submission may prevent supervisors from devoting as much time to consideration and discussion of the draft
as they would wish. If you find yourself in difficulties, seek help straight away; don’t simply ignore the problem.
We will do our best to assist where genuine difficulties arise.writing rules

Remember to allow yourself enough time to proof read and correct your final text. If the word processor has a
spelling checker, run the text through it, but do not rely on this as a substitute for proper proof-reading. Some
word processors now include grammar checkers and some of you may find the use of these re-assuring. Others
find them irritating and unhelpful.

The following guidance picks up one or two areas where there are general writing conventions.
Latin or foreign words or phrases, whether abbreviated or not, should usually appear in italics, unless the
phrase has passed into common English usage:
mens rea
sine qua non
quantum meruit
prima facie
ultra vires
raison d’être
Much helpful guidance on spelling and whether something should appear in italics can be found in The Oxford
Dictionary for Writers and Editors, Clarendon Press, 1981.
You may also find Fowler’s Modern English Usage or Oxford English: A Guide to the Language helpful reference material to clear up any confusion you might have about the proper use or spelling of particular words used in particular contexts. One relevant example is that the word ‘judgment’ is spelled without a middle ‘e’ when used in legal contexts, whereas in other contexts it is spelled ‘judgement’.

Names of foreign courts should appear in roman and not in italics:
Conseil d’Etat
Hoge Raad
Capital letters should only be used where strictly necessary. Capital letters should not be used for court (unless
referring to a particular court) judge (unless used as part of a title) or state (unless referring to a particular
state, for example, the State of Victoria).
Numbers up to 20 should be written in words in the text. The numbers 20 and above should appear as
numbers; so
Percentages should be written in numbers and the words ‘per cent’ should be used rather than the symbol %:
75 per cent.