LW7069 - Civil Litigation & Evidence

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is a core module on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the portfolio of Bar Professional Training programmes at Northumbria University. It is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and ability to apply and evaluate key areas of civil litigation and evidence which are required as a pupil barrister in civil practice. The module will cover the subjects relating to practice, procedure and evidence throughout the course of a civil claim from compliance with pre-action protocols through to appeals and enforcement of civil judgments, with particular emphasis on the most common types of work taken on by the Junior Bar.

On completion of this module you will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of civil procedure as a whole, knowledge of how cases progress through the system and an understanding of, and an ability to apply, the main evidential rules relevant to civil matters.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a combination of large and small group sessions and directed learning. You will also be expected to engage in some independent learning to consolidate your learning and prepare for group sessions, including investigation of factual and legal issues and providing practical legal advice.

The large group sessions will be delivered to the entire module cohort and will be used to introduce you to the major principles of each topic. These principles will be placed in context by considering them against relevant factual scenarios. During these sessions, procedural points will be explained and demonstrated in a transactional context and you will be encouraged to consider the module from a practical perspective.

The small group sessions will expand on the material covered in the large group sessions with emphasis on the use of practical scenarios as the basis for relevant skills based and interactive sessions that apply that material to a scenario. During these sessions you will develop problem-solving and other legal skills, develop teamwork and both collective and individual presentation skills and implement your knowledge in a practical way to solve legal problems.

You will be given directed learning which will both expand on the materials provided in the large group session and cover additional specific topics. This will be supported by formative self-test and multiple choice questions.

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 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 any aspect of the module.

Academic support is also available through feedback on set and multiple choice questions undertaken through the eLP and in the small group sessions. You will have the opportunity to formally sit a mock exam and feedback on the mock exam will be given in a large group session. At a programme level you will be supported by the Programme Leader and your 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 in conjunction with the Bar Standards Board; they will contact you throughout the duration of your module with details about the centralised 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:
By the end of the module you will have:

• Developed a sound understanding of civil procedure as a whole, how cases progress through the system and a knowledge and understanding of, and an ability to apply, the main evidential rules to civil matters.

• Developed an ability to apply substantive knowledge of civil procedure & evidence to practical legal scenarios, developing problem-solving and other legal skills.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Developed an ability to conduct rigorous and independent legal research in the area of civil procedure & evidence, selecting, using and applying the relevant material to identify issues, construct rational arguments and present accurate legal information clearly, coherently and substantiated by authority.

• Developed an ability to reflect on and critically evaluate the operation of civil procedure in a practical context and identified solutions to a range of legal, practical and ethical problems.


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Gained a critical awareness of the legal and ethical issues surrounding civil litigation in practice and reflected on how those issues are best managed in practice, and how your knowledge can be implemented in a practical way to solve clients’ legal problems.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: You will be expected to engage with self-test questions in module materials, group discussion, informal peer assessment and assessed and non-assessed exercises. Answers to self-test questions will be provided on the module eLP and your tutor will give oral and written feedback to you as required.

You will also have the opportunity to sit a mock multiple choice exam, which will be set centrally by the Bar Standards Board. Feedback for the mock examination will be given via a large group session. .

Summative assessment: The module will be assessed by one closed book 3 hour assessment, centrally set and electronically marked by the Bar Standards Board. The examination comprises of 75 multiple choice questions, including single best answer questions. A broad range, and any part of the syllabus may be assessed.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module is a core module delivered on the portfolio of Bar Professional Training Courses (BPTC) and delivered on the portfolio of Bar Professional Training programmes at Northumbria University. It is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and ability to apply and evaluate key areas of civil litigation and evidence which are required as a pupil barrister in civil practice. The module will cover the subjects relating to practice, procedure and evidence throughout the course of a civil claim from compliance with pre-action protocols through to appeals and enforcement of civil judgments, with particular emphasis on the most common types of work taken on by the Junior Bar.

On completion of this module you will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of civil procedure as a whole, knowledge of how cases progress through the system and an understanding of, and an ability to apply, the main evidential rules relevant to civil matters.

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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