Legal Skills

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
02 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

LLB M122 English and French Law (Maitrise),
LLB M100 Law,
LLB M100MD Law,
LLB M100MS Law,
LLB M101 Law (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M107 Law (Including Placement Year),
LLB M120 Law (Including Year Abroad),
LLB M120AF Law (Including Year Abroad),
BA MVC5 Philosophy and Law,
BA MVC6 Philosophy and Law (Including Placement Year),
BA MVC8 Philosophy and Law (Including Foundation Year),
BA VM51 Philosophy and Law (Including Year Abroad),
BA VM58 Philosophy and Law (Including Foundation Year and 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),
BA LM11 Criminology with Criminal Law,
BA LM12 Criminology with Criminal Law (Including Year Abroad),
BA LM13 Criminology with Criminal Law (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 15 Essex (7.5 ECTS) credit module is designed to give you an introduction to the English legal system and to help you acquire and develop a range of key skills that are important for legal studies.

Module aims

This module aims to provide a structured learning environment with feedback to support your understanding of the English legal system and the development of your skills, in addition to promoting team working and independent learning.

Module learning outcomes

Once you have successfully completed the module, you will be able to:

• demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the nature of the institutions of the English legal system, the sources of law (primary and secondary), and the roles of actors within the system (judiciary, Parliament, government);

• read, analyse and employ legal cases and statutes;

• analyse an essay question;

• plan and execute legal research using a variety of research techniques including library and IT sources;

• communicate research findings in an appropriate written format;

• reference and attribute others’ work;

• build a bibliography

• undertake team work; and

• outline a variety of strategies for independent learning.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module is composed of three sets of events: lectures and tutorials by the School of law, sessions run by the Talent Development Centre, and workshops and one lecture organised by the Library.

Lectures runs weekly, for 2 hours. During the first two weeks (weeks 2 and 3) you will have an additional hour.
Six two-hours tutorials are scheduled. Tutorials 1 and 2 run respectively on weeks 2 and 3 only. Tutorials 3, 4, 5 and 6 run fortnightly. In parallel, the Talent Development Centre (TDC) will run sessions in weeks 2 and 3, weeks 4 and 5, and weeks 6 and 7. Finally, the library will hold a physical tour of the library in weeks 2 and 3; a one-hour lecture in week 2 (scheduled as part of the LW105 lectures); and workshops in weeks 4 and 5 on Lexis and Westlaw.


  • Finch, Emily; Fafinski, Stefan. (©2019) Legal skills, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework English Legal System Quiz 20%
Coursework Legal Resources Quiz 20%
Coursework Research Essay 02/12/2019 40%
Coursework Reflective Statement 16/12/2019 20%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Audrey Guinchard, Oriola Sallavaci and Stephen Turner
Law General Office - lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Ms Lydia Katherine Bleasdale-Hill
The University of Leeds
Director of the Clinic
Available via Moodle
Of 658 hours, 186 (28.3%) hours available to students:
472 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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