Law in Practice

Module summary

Module code: LAW1205
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminology
Module Coordinator(s): Ozgur Cinar

Specification

Aims

Ensuring that students are adequately prepared to deal with the learning outcomes and assessments expected in the other Law courses that will be studied. It is also aimed at testing the understanding of basic methods and skills as well as introducing basic concepts about the English Legal System. The course will underpin the other first year courses by introducing students to the basic mechanics of studying law and preparing them for professional employment.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

1 Know about and find relevant sources of law, including statutes and cases.
2 Study law effectively, using appropriate materials and techniques.
3 Write effectively as a first year law student, including citing sources correctly and avoiding plagiarism.
4 Appreciate how law develops within England and Wales and the hierarchy of authority and precedent
5 Develop skills useful in the legal profession.
6 Develop skills in critical thought and give an opinion on a particular legal issue

Indicative content

The English Legal System; Understanding Legal Sources (Statute and case law); Understanding how to access legal resources; Referencing work and avoiding plagiarism; The Legal Profession/Careers in Law, CV and Employability workshops.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures, Seminars, Library Workshops, Court Visit and Employability Events.

Assessment

Legal Opinion Essay: 100% Weighting, 40% Pass Mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6.
Word Length: 1500 words.
Outline Details: This will be a piece of written work on a legal issue which is controversial. The issue to be addressed is chosen by the module leader.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Reflection and peer evaluation. There is one formative assessment which will give an opportunity to the students to write a case note. This is a required skill for law students. There will be a detailed feedback in terms of contents and structure on how to write a legal essay.