LAW-30098 - CAB Legal Research Placement
Coordinator: Lisa Mason Tel: +44 1782 7 34363
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective





LAW-10039 (Legal Essentials)

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Description for 2022/23

This module is a community legal education module enabling you to gain work experience in an advice-based legal environment whilst providing assistance to the most vulnerable members of society. The module will enable you to become more socially aware, whilst at the same time developing valuable employability skills. The School of Law is delighted to be working in collaboration with our partners at the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in Stoke-on-Trent in offering this innovative, active learning module.

To enable students to develop a wide variety of skills, both academic and personal, and to deploy these to help the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)and, in particular, the public it serves;
To encourage recognition and development of skills and capabilities valued in the work place;
To enable students to further develop their legal, placement-based training and to enhance their capacity for critical self-reflection;
To enhance graduate employability

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

achieve competence by completing the CAB-required skills training and online assessment: 2
reflect on and critically evaluate learning gained from a work-based learning experience
: 1
learn, through experience, how to 'learn on the job' - i.e., to learn to develop skills/attributes appropriate to the work environment
(such as professional dress and comportment, interpersonal communication and collaboration, following set codes of practice, etc.)
: 1
demonstrate meaningful connections between academic theory learnt as part of a degree programme and professional contexts
and situations in the work place
: 1

Study hours

Critical Self-reflection Guidance and Academic Support (6 hours)
Initial induction training at CAB (12 hours)
Self-directed research reading, reflection and assessment (99 hours)
Placement (33 hours)

School Rules

The module will be open to successful applicants only and numbers will be capped according to the maximum number of placements available.
Students will apply to take this module in either the first or second semester of their final year. The application process will involve: (i) a statement of interest, (ii) a CV, (iii) informal interview with module leader and (iv) an average year 2 mark of 50%.
Allocation of a place is dependent upon individual student lecture timetables, which will not be finalised until the September. Students are automatically enrolled onto a reserve module until the selection process is complete.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Reflective Analysis weighted 100%
A written piece, maximum 2,000 words, critically reflecting on the student┐s placement experience.
Candidates will be required to construct a written piece of no more than 2000 words engaging the principles of critical self-reflection to reflect their learning journey and enhanced employability as a result of participating in the placement. Candidates are expected to keep and maintain a diary of their weekly experience and to reflect on the social problems they encounter on the placement.

2: Practical Assessment weighted 0%
CAB training Self-Study Exercises
This information has been provided by CAB. There are 12 on-line assessments to complete before students can work with clients (usually by about week 6 or 7 of the placement but may be earlier). Each assessment consists of 10 multiple choice questions that check the student's understanding of the learning activities that they should have completed. The pass score for the assessments is 80% but they can be taken up to 3 times to reach this score. Further guidance and one to one support will be given to any student who is struggling to pass the assessments. There is a significant programme of self-study to complete which underpins the classroom training and the on-job training. These are on-line activities in the form of e-learning modules. Some may take a few minutes and consist of a short slide show and some will involve some on-line reading. There is NO written work required from Citizens Advice for the on-line assessments will check the student's understanding. Students will start their client work with email advice (practice work which then progresses to live client work), then attend a telephone skills training day at Hanley office (20th October) and then move to observations of phone advice, supported phone advice with clients and then solo phone advice. Students will be assessed on their completion of the learning activities, on-line assessments and email practice before they will be allowed to move to live client work and progress to phone advice. Our requirement is for students to work with us as telephone advisers so it will only be in exceptional circumstances that we will consider a student staying with email advice (eg due to stated support needs).