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Two birds, one stone : combining student assessment and socio-legal research. / Potter, Gary; Williams, Catherine.

In: Law Teacher, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2007, p. 1-18.

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Potter, Gary ; Williams, Catherine. / Two birds, one stone : combining student assessment and socio-legal research. In: Law Teacher. 2007 ; Vol. 41, No. 1. pp. 1-18.

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