LAW-20076 - Legal Essentials (Level 5)
Coordinator: Stella M Coyle Room: CBC1.028 Tel: +44 1782 7 34363
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

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.

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: 2
demonstrate an ability to locate, retrieve and use case reports, statutory materials and a range of secondary legal and non-legal materials: 1
demonstrate an intellectual independence and an ability to think and write critically about the law: 1
demonstrate an ability to use appropriate legal writing conventions, and the ability to structure answers to problem questions and legal essays: 1
demonstrate familiarity with the concepts of statutory interpretation, legal reasoning, precedent, ratio decidendi, obiter dicta and the significance of dissenting judgements: 2
engage with their own personal and professional development and academic integrity and manage and reflect on their own learning: 1

Study hours

Scheduled teaching:
Lectures and whole-group sessions = 30 hours
Seminars, workshops and drop-in sessions = 20 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


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 60%
Critical Thinking and Writing Essay
A 1,500-word critical essay based on a current legal issue from a choice of relevant topics pertaining to the English legal system.

2: 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.