Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
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.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/law-30102/lists
To enable students to develop a wide variety of skills relevant to professional legal practice in a law firm or barristers chambers;To encourage recognition and development of communication skills and enhance their critical analysis capabilities whilst also developing oral and written 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.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate the ability to conduct a client interview by putting their client at ease, carefully questioning and providing preliminary legal advice: 1Analyse the issues both practical and legal in a problem scenario and advise on the best method of resolving the problem: 1Articulate the benefits of mediation and the factors which affect how successful a mediation may be: 1Articulate the theory behind the different methods of advocacy in a court room setting: 1Identify and explain professional conduct issues which arise and act appropriately to maintain professional conduct standards: 1Present an effective legal submission in a formal court room setting: 1
6 x 2 hour interactive lectures8 x 2 hour workshops where students will demonstrate the skills in a practical context.122 self directed research, reflection on performances and preparation of practical classroom activities.
1: Portfolio weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
An analysis of the development of legal skills and how this addresses client needsA reflective account of how the student has developed their skills during the module with reference to documentation produced and knowledge acquired. 3,000 words (excluding footnotes).