LW7065 - Drafting [BPTC]

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What will I learn on this module?

This is a core module on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University. The aim of this module is to equip you with the critical knowledge and understanding together with the conceptual and analytical skills necessary to draft a variety of documents including, among others, claim forms and statements of case.

By the end of this module you will:
• Demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature, function and value of statements of case;
• Analyse and set out the facts of a case clearly, identifying the material issues;
• Draft a full range of statements of case and other documents from simple to complex in civil proceedings using precedent appropriately;
• Produce drafts that are precise and unambiguous in compliance with the requirements of practice, and drafted to achieve the objectives agreed with the client.
• Draft documents that are written in clear grammatical English, correctly spelt and appropriately punctuated, in a style that is fluent and concise, and appropriate to the document;
• Produce drafts that are well structured, with proper headings and that contain all the necessary formalities.

How will I learn on this module?

Teaching will comprise of one large group session, in the form of an introductory lecture, and a programme of small group sessions. For each small group session you will be required to draft a pleading in advance and complete a further drafting exercise within the session. In addition to one-to-one feedback from the tutor, the group as a whole will discuss and analyse the suggested answers.

Directed learning will centre on detailed learning materials which will be made available via the module dedicated e-learning (eLP) site. These will include guided reading and self-evaluative tasks.

Independent learning will provide you with plenty of opportunity to practice legal research and develop your drafting skills in the context of resolving practical legal problems presented in realistic briefs.

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, access to on-line legal databases and resources and appropriate software.

This module will be managed by your designated Module Tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the module. All relevant materials and instructions will be accessible on-line through the module eLP site, maintained by your Module Tutor, and will give guidance on legal skills, assessment and provide suggested answers and self-study materials. You may communicate with your Module Tutor by email or telephone and are encouraged to make contact if you encounter any difficulties relating to the module.

Academic support is also available through individual, one-to-one feedback on work completed throughout the module given in weekly small group sessions. You will have the opportunity to undertake a mock exam. As well as written feedback on the mock exam, you will have the opportunity to discuss your draft with your tutor on an individual basis. At a programme level you will be supported by your Programme Leader and Personal Tutor who will provide pastoral support throughout the module and the programme as a whole.

The Programme Administration and student progress teams are responsible for the non-academic administration of the module; they will contact you throughout the duration of your module with details about the assessment, and other issues.

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:
• Developed a sound understanding of the nature, function and importance of pleadings and had the opportunity to draft a variety of documents focussing on statements of case.

• Developed an ability to apply your knowledge of substantive legal rules to practical problems in drafting a full range of pleadings which accurately state a client’s case and plead the appropriate relief.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Developed an ability to accurately and efficiently manage factual information, conduct rigorous and independent legal research into a range of appropriate sources, including primary legal sources and precedents, identify issues and plan drafts accordingly.

• Produced documents that are accurate, clear, coherent well-structured and persuasive, that make critical use of appropriate precedents and that, where necessary, relate structurally to other documents consistent with any accompanying advice.

Personal Values Attributes:

• Gained a critical awareness of the legal, ethical and professional issues that may arise in drafting and reflected on how such issues are best managed in practice.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: You will be expected to engage with group discussion, and non-assessed exercises. Throughout the module, you will receive oral feedback and written feedback on your work as well as suggested answers to each exercise. You will have the opportunity to take a mock assessment and receive individual feedback.

Summative assessment: The module will be assessed by way of a 4 hour invigilated, open-book drafting examination. Candidates will be issued with areas of law to research two weeks before the examination.

In the examination, candidates will be required to draft a statement of case in accordance with a brief comprising of instructions to Counsel, witness statements, correspondence and other documentation.





Module abstract

Drafting is a core skills module on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). The aim of this module is to equip you with the critical knowledge and understanding, as well as the necessary conceptual and analytical skills, to draft a variety of legal documents. By the end of the module, you will be able to understand the nature, function and value of different statements of case, have improved your research, critical analysis and written word skills in the context of the specialised area of drafting and developed practical skills to enable you to draft a full range of pleadings to the standard of a pupil barrister.

Course info

Credits 12

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Northumbria Law School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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