4 Why do social workers need to know about the law?

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2.3 Summary of Part A

In Part A you have learned:

  • that the English legal system is a common law system;

  • that this means that much of the law has been developed over time by the courts;

  • how to develop your use of language.

2.2 Use of language

Use of language is extremely important in law. As a law student it is important that you use language in an accurate way. The rest of Part A of this unit will therefore consider the importance of language in law.

Box 1 Use of language

By now you will have had a few opportunities to look up the
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