LW7004 - Project (LLM ALP)

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What will I learn on this module?

This module focuses on you learning how to devise, develop and complete a substantial independent research project at Masters level, including selecting an appropriate subject area to research in.

In it you will have the opportunity to acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a specialist legal topic of your choosing. The module will develop your ability to undertake legal research addressing complex and current issues in your subject area, and your ability to engage critically with research material. It will also develop your skill in effectively formulating, communicating and presenting written argument to both a specialist and non-specialist audience.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of tutor-directed and independent learning, and through reflective practice.

In the initial stage of the module our focus is on tutor-directed learning. Via a module dedicated e-learning site (eLP) we provide detailed learning materials and resources, including guided reading with online reading lists, and self-evaluative tasks, to help you develop the research and writing skills that are needed for you to undertake a project. In addition you will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on short writing tasks.

Independent learning will focus on you identifying the reading and research required to complete your project.

Additionally, you will be allocated a personal tutor for your project, who will provide formative feedback on your project research and writing. Your summative assessment for the module is your finished research project and here too you will be provided with feedback on your work. Thus, through such feedback you can also develop your learning through reflective practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The University is well-placed to support you in learning and research with an excellent library and teaching facilities, including access to substantial on-line legal databases and resources and appropriate soft-ware.

The legal research unit resources offer effective strategies for learning how to undertake and evaluate research. These include a module legal research workbook and project handbook, an online reading list (with digitised material and e-books), a section of the module eLP site devoted to research skills, and access to University library resources that include an online ‘Skills-Plus’ collection.

The module will support you academically in a variety of ways. In particular:-

? Through a dedicated e-Learning site (eLP) for the module. The site includes programme specific materials to help guide your learning on the module. It also provides access to resources to help develop your research and writing skills, an online reading list, interactive research exercises, and updating information.

? You are allocated a personal supervisor for your research project. It is your supervisor who will work most closely with you offering feedback during the research and writing of your project.

? A Programme Leader has responsibility for the content and running of the LLM, and will help if you encounter any difficulties relating to any aspect of the programme or your personal progress on it.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• You will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of your chosen subject, informed by current practice, advanced scholarship and research, including a critical awareness and evaluation of current issues and developments in the subject.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will be able to formulate a research proposal which enables you to engage in critical discourse in relation to your chosen area of study, to formulate balanced judgements if information is ambiguous or incomplete and communicate clearly to both a specialist and a non-specialist audience.

• You will be able to conceptualise, theorise and undertake research which addresses complex issues and which advances understanding in your chosen area of study.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will be able to devise, develop and complete a substantial independent research project, including selecting an appropriate subject area, conducting research and making editorial choices and decisions.
• You will demonstrate awareness of principles and values of law and justice and ethical issues arising in the context of a substantial Masters level research project.

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment on this module is your submission of a 15,000 to 17,000 word research project.

There are opportunities for formative assessment throughout the module. There is an initial legal research unit with linked textbook which provide self-test questions and exercises on legal research and writing. You will also receive tutor feedback on formative writing exercises. Thereafter you will receive feedback from your supervisor as you work towards producing your project, including advice on the suitability of your proposed topic, on your research techniques, on whether your project is sufficiently analytical, and on each draft chapter that you write.

The marking criteria used to assess the project are outlined and explained when you embark on the module to ensure you can understand what is expected of you and how you will be judged on your performance. Once your project has been marked, you will be provided with a written feedback sheet on how well it met with the assessment criteria.

Pre-requisite(s)

Students must have successfully completed the Law Society Finals Examination, Legal Practice Programme, Bar Finals Programme, Bar Vocational Course/Ba

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module is the sole module for the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice programme.

The module is designed to provide you with the opportunity and resources needed to devise, develop and complete a research project in a specialist legal area of your choice. It thus enables you to acquire, or to extend your knowledge and understanding in a legal subject area that you have selected yourself.

The module enables you to develop and refine your independent legal research skills, your ability to critically engage with current research material, and your ability to effectively present and communicate written argument.

It provides tailored material and online resources to guide and help you in developing your research and writing skills. You will be allocated a personal project supervisor with expertise in your subject area who will provide feedback during the research and writing of your project. And you will have access to the University’s very extensive on-line databases and other library resources.

The module is specifically designed to meet the needs of qualified lawyers. It gives academic credit for your legal qualification and its flexible time-scales and distance learning delivery enable it to be completed alongside existing work commitments.

Course info

Credits 60

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years distance learning

Department Northumbria Law School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start October 2019

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