LAW-20060 - Civil Litigation
Coordinator: Sonja Dale
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective





LAW-10039 (Legal Essentials)

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Description for 2024/25

To provide a practical understanding of the legal process and documentation involved in the litigation process. To provide an insight into alternative methods of dispute resolution. This will incorporate various legal skills and professional conduct which are essential for work in this area at a junior level in a law firm. Students have indicated this is an area of interest to them, as have employers.
Students who undertake this type of practice based activity are generally considered to develop their analytical skills by the application of the law and attain higher grades as a result of experiencing an alternative way of analysing the law.
It is also an area specifically identified as part of the reform of the route to qualification as a solicitor. The Solicitors Regulation Authority has made it clear an understanding of this area is essential for those aspiring to become solicitors.
Additionally, completing this Level 5 module will unlock for students the potential of further (experiential) learning within the Small Claims Legal Advice Clinic during Level 6.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

Give examples of alternative methods of dispute resolution; their advantages and disadvantages: 1,2
Critically analyse both claim and defence: 1,2
Evaluate the process by which a claim and a defence are progressed and advise on the tactical considerations throughout: 2
Give examples of the evidence required to progress a claim successfully: 1,2
Advise on costs implications at commencement and during a claim and or defence of a claim either in writing or orally: Identify and evaluate the professional conduct issues which may arise and act appropriately to maintain professional conduct standards:

Study hours

Introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours = 2 hours
Synchronous delivery of targeted online classes in Learning Units: 9 x 1 hour = 9 hours
Asynchronous anticipated and ad hoc podcasts to respond flexibly to student needs: 1 x 1 hour = 1 hour
Self study time will be spent on working through the learning units to prepare for the workshops. This will involve (re)listening to asynchronous lectures and podcasts, directed reading of textbook chapters, directed reading of procedural provisions, considering client's instructions and preparing notes for the workshops. This will be required for each workshop. 9 x 5 hours = 45 hours
Workshops: 9 x 2 hours = 18 hours
Revision Lecture: 1 x 2 hours = 2 hours
Independent study including preparing and completing assessments = 73 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Practical Exam weighted 40%
Practical assessment of client interviewing
A recorded client interview advising on preliminary legal issues in a civil claim to last no more than 20 minutes duration. This will illustrate practically the student's understanding of key concepts within professional conduct as well as costs and Alternative Dispute Resolution. This authentic method of assessment demonstrates applied learning within disciplinary practice, and the allows for the development of skills for future employability.

2: Open Book Examination weighted 60%
28-hour online open book exam
Problem based scenario(s) will cover common issues encountered in practice and require a practical approach to the application of the law. Students must complete the unseen, related assessment tasks. The paper will be released on the KLE at 9am on the morning of the exam. Students will have 28 hours to submit their answers. The word count for this assessment is a maximum of 2,500 words. Although 28 hours has been allocated as the time frame within which answers must be submitted, we expect that most students will take no more than 2-3 hours to complete their answers. Answers must be completed and submitted in accordance with the Law School approved rubric for 28-hour online assessments.