Foundation Essay

The details
Essex Law School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
01 July 2024


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 M22124 International Trade and Maritime Law,
LLM M221PP International Trade and Maritime Law with Professional Placement,
LLM M22E12 Maritime Law,
LLM M22E24 Maritime Law,
LLM M22212 Corporate Responsibility and Business Law,
LLM M22224 Corporate Responsibility and Business Law,
LLM M1J912 Law and Technology

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 Commercial LLM Courses.

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 for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   LW617 Foundation Essay     100% 

Additional coursework information

The foundation essay mark does not count towards the final assessment of the degree, but is a compulsory piece of work. This module is assessed by 100% essay of 1000-1500 words.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Christopher Willett, email: cwillett@essex.ac.uk.
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External examiner

Dr Gary Lynch-Wood
University of Manchester
Senior Lecturer
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
Essex Law School

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