Legal Research Skills

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
05 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

LLB M100 Law,
LLB M100MD Law,
LLB M101 Law (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M107 Law (Including Placement Year),
LLB M120 Law (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM20 Law with Human Rights,
LLB MM21 Law with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM22 Law with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
LLB MV16 Law with Philosophy,
LLB MV18 Law with Philosophy (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MV19 Law with Philosophy (Including Placement Year),
LLB ML14 Law with Politics (Including Year Abroad),
LLB ML15 Law with Politics (Including Placement Year),
LLB ML16 Law with Politics,
LLB MN00 Law with Business,
LLB MN01 Law with Business (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN02 Law with Business (Including Placement Year),
LLB MN10 Law with Finance,
LLB MN11 Law with Finance (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN12 Law with Finance (Including Placement Year),
LLB MM00 Law with Criminology,
LLB MM01 Law with Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM02 Law with Criminology (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This compulsory second year module, taught in the Spring term, aims to build upon the legal skills which students encounter in the first year module LW105 Legal Skills.
Students will develop a range of skills relating to legal research and project planning, which will both support their learning in the final year of their degree, and constitute valuable transferable skills in their own right.
In particular, LW254 Legal Research Skills will act as a foundation for LW304 Final Year Research Project and students will develop a research proposal for LW304 as part of their assessment for LW254.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

• To develop students’ legal research skills, building upon the techniques introduced in in LW105 Legal Skills,

• To introduce students to a range of different methodological approaches to legal research

• To develop students’ skills in oral presentation of their ideas

• To introduce students to a range of considerations in relation to planning legal research

• To prepare students to undertake their independent research project in LW304 Final Year Research Project, including developing a proposal for that project

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module students will be able to:

1. Independently locate a range of legal sources within familiar databases and evaluate the suitability of these for a particular research purpose

2. Locate non-legal sources within a limited range of familiar databases and other resources and evaluate the suitability of these for a particular research purpose

3. Understand a range of different methodological approaches to understanding a legal issue, and evaluate their relevance for a research project/task?

4. Consider the implications of proposed research, including ethical, confidentiality and data security angles; and evaluating one’s own suitability as a researcher

5. Plan a research project and present this as a written proposal

6. Make a formal oral presentation of research findings

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module is taught through a combination of lectures and fortnightly two hour tutorials.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Legal Research MCQ    30% 
Coursework   Research Proposal    40% 
Practical   Individual Presentation    30% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Stephen Turner, email: sjturner@essex.ac.uk.
Mr Stephen Turner
Law General Office: lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Mr George Ellison
Derby Unioversity
Senior Lecturer in Law
Available via Moodle
Of 2675 hours, 10 (0.4%) hours available to students:
2665 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Law (School of)

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