LAW-10039 - Legal Essentials
Coordinator: Stella M Coyle Room: CBC1.028 Tel: +44 1782 7 34363
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2022/23


Aims
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: Thinking Law; Making Law; Doing Law; and Being Law.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/law-10039/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate familiarity with the structure of the English Legal System: 1,2
Demonstrate familiarity with the Parliamentary process relating to the creation of legislation, and the doctrines of Parliamentary sovereignty and the separation of powers: 1,2
Locate, retrieve and use case reports, statutory materials and a range of secondary legal and non-legal materials: 2
Think and write critically about the law: 2
Use appropriate legal writing conventions, and the ability to structure answers to problem questions and legal essays: 2
Demonstrate familiarity with the concepts of statutory interpretation, legal reasoning, precedent, ratio decidendi, obiter dicta and the significance of dissenting judgements: 1,2
Demonstrate the personal, practical and professional skills needed to be an effective Law student: 2

Study hours

Scheduled teaching:
Lectures and other recorded material = 16 hours (asynchronous)
Seminars, workshops and drop-in sessions = 34 hours
Self-directed study, library work and assessment preparation:
For classes = 30 hours
For MCQ assessment and test = 30 hours
For Critical Writing assessment = 40 hours
Total = 150 hours

School Rules

None

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 1-hour sitting within a 48-hour window in Week 5, based on knowledge of the English Legal System, judicial reasoning and the Parliamentary process. The 1-hour time limit is adjusted accordingly for students entitled to additional time.

2: Essay weighted 60%
Critical Analysis of a Legal Case
A 1000-word critical analysis of a legal case, demonstrating the following: Appreciation of key issues; Understanding of statutory interpretation; Understanding of ratio and precedent; Significance of dissenting judgments; and Critical analysis of the decision in the case.