LAW-30102 - Professional Legal Skills - Interviewing, Mediation and Advocacy
Coordinator: Catherine Edwards Tel: +44 1782 7 34175
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

This is a new module designed to give students an insight into interesting areas of legal practice. It will cover some areas of extra curricular competitions but not replace them.
A practical introduction to skills that are essential for lawyers. The ability to interview effectively and then to present a legal argument formally on behalf of a client. Students will be given an introduction to client interviewing, civil mediation and advocacy. They will learn the theory behind the skills and then practise the skills in interactive workshops using problem based scenarios.
It will be taught by way of interactive lectures requiring participation and in practical two hour workshops. Students will be assessed by way of a reflective e-portfolio.

To enable students to develop a wide variety of skills relevant to professional legal practice in a law firm or barristers chambers through an experiential learning model;
To encourage recognition and development of communication skills and enhance their critical analysis capabilities whilst also developing both formal and informal presentation skills;
Introduce and develop skills of client interviewing, advocacy and mediation;
Introduce concepts of professional conduct rules which pervade legal practice and the professional obligations which are on every lawyer whether a barrister, solicitor or paralegal;
To enhance graduate employability through both a reflective approach to skills development but also future action planning personal and professional development.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate the ability to conduct a client interview or mediation session by putting their client at ease, carefully questioning and (in interviewing only) providing preliminary legal advice: 1
Analyse the issues both practical and legal in a problem scenario and identify the best method of resolving the problem: 1
Demonstrate an understanding of how expertise in two of the three legal skills (interviewing, mediation and advocacy) may be developed using evidence in support, as appropriate: 1
Articulate the different methodologies affecting the efficacy of the performance in advocacy and/or client interviewing and/or mediation.: 1
Demonstrate a reflective approach to their own personal and professional development: 1
Utilising a variety of different tools, reflect on their own personal and professional development during the module with an emphasis on the legal skills developed: 1

Study hours

6 x pre recorded lectures with preparatory work
10 x 1 hour live online interactive lectures consolidating and preparing for the week ahead
8 x 2 hour practical class workshops where students will demonstrate the skills in a practical context.
118 self directed research, reflection on performances and preparation of practical classroom activities and final assessed portfolio.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 100%
An e-portfolio containing evidence and analysis of their personal and professional development of legal skills
A reflective account of how the student has developed their personal and professional legal skills during the module with reference to examples/evidence produced and knowledge acquired. 3,000 words (excluding footnotes). Submitted using e-portfolio software the evidence and reflections will be required to include video, audio and written reflections.