Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The Contemporary Case Law Critique module offers a unique opportunity for students at Level 6 to undertake case law analysis, supported by independent research, in one of the core areas of legal study. Students may select a recent case to appraise from a wide range of options drawn from Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Contract Law, Torts, Crime, EU, Real Property and Trusts.
This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a sustained piece of case law analysis focused on a recent judicial decision within one of the core areas of legal study. It will require students to engage with the facts of the case, its history, the context in which the case assumes relevance and the main legal issues raised. Based on independent research, students will produce an extended case commentary/critique which analyses critically the reasoning employed by the judge(s) and assesses the legal significance of the case by reference to its social or political impact.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Describe and communicate clearly and succinctly the reasoning in (and relevance of) a decided case: 1Deploy advanced, independent research skills to locate, analyse and evaluate appropriate and relevant sources of law: 1Analyse, evaluate, utilise and critique arguments advanced by judges and academic commentators: 1Develop and articulate own view points, responses and arguments within a coherent and persuasive case analysis: 1Evaluate critically the significance of a case law development by reference to its legal, social or political impact: 1
Introductory lecture: 2 hoursCase commentary workshop: 2 hoursWork in progress session: 2 hoursWriting Retreat: 4 hoursModule pre-reading and online preparation: 12 hoursIndependent study, research, further reading and assignment preparation: 128 hours
1: Case Study weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
4000 word case commentaryCase commentary. Students may select from a list of cases drawn from Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Contract Law, Torts, Crime, EU, Real Property and Trusts