Foundation Essay for International Trade Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
16 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

LLM M10212 International Trade Law,
LLM M10224 International Trade Law,
LLM M22112 International Trade and Maritime Law,
LLM M221PP International Trade and Maritime Law with Professional Placement

Module description

This is a diagnostic piece intended to provide an early opportunity to engage in legal analysis and writing.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to encourage the development of critical analysis and research, presentation and written communication skills. The module also aims to identify students’ essay writing strengths and areas for improvement.

Module learning outcomes

The learning outcomes for the module are to:

1. Demonstrate capacity to undertake essay writing and critically evaluate relevant legal rules, principles, models and issues using research skills and theoretical perspectives;
2. Demonstrate the ability to present focused, organised and structured arguments using effective and appropriate written communication skills; and
3. Demonstrate legal research skills, including multi-disciplinary research, use of library-based resources and citation of references.

Module information

The Foundation Essay is a formative assessment for modules in the LLM International Commercial and Business Law, LLM International Trade Law, LLM International Trade and Maritime Law or LLM Maritime Law.
100% essay of 2000-2500 words

Learning and teaching methods

Students will be assigned a topic that provides an opportunity to develop the ability to display understanding of the law, engage in critical analysis and demonstrate appropriate essay writing skills. There will be a 2-hour essay writing workshop before the Foundation Essay submission.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Foundation Essay      

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
0% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Durand Cupido, email: d.cupido@essex.ac.uk.



External examiner

Dr Ebenezer Adodo
The University of Leicester
Associate Professor of Commercial Law
Available via Moodle
Of 2 hours, 2 (100%) hours available to students:
0 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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