LAW-20033 - Law in Action
Coordinator: Elizabeth Faulkner
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

Law in Action is a community legal education module which introduces you to how law works in the real world through a series of lectures, supported by guided group work. The Law in Action module is designed to facilitate and empower you, as law students, to take an active and reflective role in your learning, and to develop key transferable and applied communication skills in a realistic context. The module involves you working in groups to carry out legal research with a community partner organisation, which you will communicate through a community legal education presentation in local schools and colleges.
This exciting and innovative module has proved to be very popular with previous students, and will facilitate further opportunities for legal work experience with community partners.

This module aims to introduce students to how law works in the community and facilitate and empower students to take an active and reflective role in their learning, and provide a realistic context in which students can practice their general transferable and applied communication skills. Primarily, however, the module offers a distinctive opportunity for student learning in Law in Action and to build on Level 4 skills modules.
Particularly it provides the students with a unique opportunity to engage with local community organisations, and present their group projects to the local High School as part of the citizenship curriculum.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

demonstrate knowledge and understanding of law┐s role in the community: 1
communicate legal information to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriate techniques and to understand the legal and ethical issues arising: 1
apply legal research and problem solving techniques to legal issues in the community including the planning of information providing: 1

Study hours

9 hours lectures
9 hours tutorials
4 hours field visits
28 hours tutorial preparation
40 hours group presentation preparation and research
60 hours portfolio preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
2,500 word essay
Students will complete a blended reflective and critical research essay of 2,500 words (excluding footnotes), based upon their community research project. They have a choice of four projects, and an open community research project (in case for any reason they cannot engage with one of the four community research projects).