LAW-30114 - Contemporary Case Law Critique
Coordinator: Laura Pritchard-Jones Tel: +44 1782 7 33861
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

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: 1
Deploy advanced, independent research skills to locate, analyse and evaluate appropriate and relevant sources of law: 1
Analyse, evaluate, utilise and critique arguments advanced by judges and academic commentators: 1
Develop and articulate own view points, responses and arguments within a coherent and persuasive case analysis: 1
Evaluate critically the significance of a case law development by reference to its legal, social or political impact: 1

Study hours

Introductory lecture: 2 hours
Case commentary workshop: 2 hours
Work in progress session: 2 hours
Writing Retreat: 4 hours
Module pre-reading and online preparation: 12 hours
Independent study, research, further reading and assignment preparation: 128 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Case Study weighted 100%
4000 word case commentary
Case commentary. Students may select from a list of cases drawn from Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Contract Law, Torts, Crime, EU, Real Property and Trusts