LW7073 - Criminal Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

Criminal Practice is an option delivered during the second term of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). It is designed to reflect the nature of criminal cases encountered during pupillage.

The module involves the study of criminal practice in the context of realistic scenarios that will also develop skills of fact management, case analysis, legal research, oral communication, advocacy, conferencing, opinion writing and drafting. The module involves a number of different cases which raise legal and procedural scenarios of the kind that criminal practitioners regularly encounter. It is designed to ensure that each student appreciates the importance of identifying legal, procedural, tactical and ethical issues when they arise.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through large group sessions, small group sessions, directed learning and independent learning.

The aims of these sessions will be to:

- give an overview of the module area;
- prioritise learning points within a topic;
- explain, emphasise and demonstrate, with examples, substantive or procedural points within the context of given advanced criminal scenarios;
- focus on areas that pose particular difficulties and require further explanation or examples;
- encourage students to consider criminal practice from a practical perspective as they will do later in pupillage;
- develop problem solving and other legal skills;
- promote intellectual inquiry;
- implement knowledge in a practical way to solve legal problems;
- develop individual presentation skills;
- develop skills in oral and written advocacy

You will be given directed learning in advance of SPSs and will be expected to carry out independent learning to expand on materials covered in SPSs.

Experiential learning is present in the simulated practical exercises that take place in each SPS, following which you will be expected to complete self-assessment forms in order to ensure that you have taken on board the comments made by the tutor.

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 online 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 directly from your tutor in small group sessions and via the eLP and from your peers. At a programme level you will be supported by the 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 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?

You will be able to:
Knowledge & Understanding:

• To demonstrate an understanding of the law and procedure associated with of criminal practice and to identify applicable legal and procedural rules, together with practical and tactical considerations.




Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• To develop students' communication, case analysis and problem solving skills, their ability to locate and make effective use of legal source materials, their awareness of professional conduct issues, their understanding of how lawyers apply legal rules in practice and their appreciation of legal professionalism.

• To be able to draft a realistic and legally accurate bad character application, using the appropriate gateways and make oral submissions in support of a bad character application, using appropriate case law.



Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• Display a professional and responsible approach to the course, staff and other students, and to observe the Code of Practice in order to prevent exploitation of clients and preserve the integrity of the profession, maintaining the public’s trust and ensuring continuance of the provision of service

• Act in a fashion which demonstrates awareness of diversity, and is non-discriminatory

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment will be by an examination in the form of an advocacy performance involving an oral and a written component. The precise form of the examination will depend on the nature of the assessment.

Formative assessment will be provided by a combination of self-test questions and analysis in the small group sessions along with feedback on the BPTC skills employed in the scheduled teaching sessions

Feedback will be provided throughout the small group session programme.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Criminal Practice is an option delivered during the second term of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). It is designed to reflect the nature of criminal cases encountered during pupillage. The module involves the study of criminal practice in the context of realistic scenarios that will also develop skills of fact management, case analysis, legal research, oral communication, advocacy, conferencing, opinion writing and drafting. The module involves a number of different cases which raise legal and procedural scenarios of the kind that criminal practitioners regularly encounter. It is designed to ensure that each student appreciates the importance of identifying legal, procedural, tactical and ethical issues when they arise.

What will I learn on this module?

Criminal Practice is an option delivered during the second term of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). It is designed to reflect the nature of criminal cases encountered during pupillage.

The module involves the study of criminal practice in the context of realistic scenarios that will also develop skills of fact management, case analysis, legal research, oral communication, advocacy, conferencing, opinion writing and drafting. The module involves a number of different cases which raise legal and procedural scenarios of the kind that criminal practitioners regularly encounter. It is designed to ensure that each student appreciates the importance of identifying legal, procedural, tactical and ethical issues when they arise.

Course info

Credits 12

Level of Study Postgraduate

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

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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