Clinical Legal Education (Law Placement)

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The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
05 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

The module offers students the opportunity to gain academic credit through critical reflection of law in practice. Students will undertake a practice-based role in a legal environment. Placements could range from working within the local council or local CAB office to working in a law firm or a company's in-house legal department.

The placement must be agreed with the module director. The module supports practical, intellectual and inter-personal skills' development, facilitates understanding of the cultural, ethical and employment context of law, and integrates learning from work and academic study.

Module aims

To teach law through its application and practice and through critical reflection on those processes;

To increase the employability of students by developing and enhancing their transferrable and subject-specific knowledge and skills;

To increase the employability of students by developing and enhancing skills of oral and written communication for specific audiences (including an oral presentation), professionalism, confidentiality, and problem solving in a day-to-day working environment;

To develop in students a critical understanding of the ethical issues involved in legal work;

To encourage better understanding of personal and professional development planning, professional ethics, and reflective learning;

To introduce students to key skills in client interviewing and alternative dispute resolution;

To afford students the opportunity to gain credit for their work placement and to enrich their legal understanding from undertaking work-based learning in a legal environment.

Module learning outcomes

The student will acquire, develop and apply knowledge and skills relating to:

The practical application of the law

Professional communication

Professional conduct

Personal professional development

Business/commercial awareness

Planning and managing workload

Organisational skills

Working with others

Module information

The Placement

The placement must be in a legal setting and must allow the student to meet a range of learning outcomes. There are few fixed requirements, allowing the nature of the legal experience to be flexible. Placements may be paid or unpaid, but must provide at least 120 hours of work (the equivalent of 3 weeks full time or 15 to 20 days spread over a lengthier period). One or more placements may be used to accumulate the requisite number of hours. The student will normally be expected to engage in a wide range of work during the placement in order to provide a rich experience of legal professional employment.

There are formal arrangements in place with Essex Legal Services, Attwells and ISCRE. The number of placements available with these firms and organisations is limited, and a strict selection process applies. For further information, please contact Penny Brearey Horne.

It will be the student's responsibility to identify an appropriate placement provider and secure an appropriate placement. In order to be accredited for the purposes of this module, the placement must be approved by the School of Law before it begins.

The placement must have started, and in some cases will have finished, before the beginning of the term in which the student has registered for the module. Students who have not started their placement by the end of the first week of the term in which they have registered for the module will be withdrawn from the module.

Learning and teaching methods

Ten hours of classes across the ten week period.
The classes are designed to support and optimise the learning process. Many of the classes will be delivered by legal practitioners. Contact hours and other sessions will be arranged for students to discuss the opportunities/challenges arising in a work-based learning environment, and for formative feedback on the portfolio. Attendance at classes and group sessions is compulsory.

Autumn Term Lecture content
Week 2 Personal development planning; reflective learning and reflective writing; completing the portfolio
Week 4 Professional conduct and professional ethics
Week 6 Presentation and communication skills
Week 8 Interviewing and advising Clients
Week 10 Alternative Dispute Resolution


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Portfolio     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Penelope Brearey-Horne, email: pbrear@essex.ac.uk.
Penny Brearey-Horne
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 10 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
10 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Law (School of)

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