LAW-10021 - Legal Skills
Coordinator: Stella M Coyle Room: CBC1.028 Tel: +44 1782 7 34512
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

The module gives early exposure to the skills you will need to undertake successful study of the law, and also provides a number of transferable skills which you can use both in academic study and in your future career, whether that is in law or some other area.
The module will support you in the transition to study in higher education and will provide a solid basis for studying law throughout your undergraduate career.

To introduce the technical, legal, personal and academic skills needed to function effectively as a Law student, through delivery of 4 streams of learning and teaching: What is Law?; Making Law; Learning and Doing Law; and Being.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate familiarity with the structure of the English Legal System : 1
Demonstrate familiarity with the Parliamentary process relating to the creation of legislation, and the doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty: 1
Demonstrate an ability to locate, retrieve and use case reports, statutory materials and a range of secondary legal and non-legal materials.: 2
Demonstrate an ability to think and write critically about the law: 2
Demonstrate an ability to use appropriate legal writing conventions, and the ability to structure answers to problem questions and legal essays: 2
Demonstrate familiarity with the concepts of precedent, ratio decidendi, obiter dicta and the significance of dissenting judgements: 1,2

Study hours

Scheduled teaching:
Lectures and whole-group sessions = 31 hours
Seminars, workshops, drop-in sessions and directed study activities = 19 hours
Self-directed study, library work and assessment preparation:
For classes = 50 hours
For MCQ assessment = 20 hours
For Critical Writing assessment = 30 hours
Total = 150 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Multiple Choice Questions - Knowledge weighted 40%
Timed Multiple-Choice Questions
A set of timed multiple-choice questions, to be attempted in one sitting within a 48-hour window in Week 5, based on knowledge of the English Legal System, judicial reasoning and the Parliamentary process.

2: Essay weighted 60%
Critical Thinking and Writing essay
A critical essay based on students' research into a current legal issue/case from a choice of relevant topics - 1000 words.