LW7103 - Advocacy

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn how to prepare for a court hearing and the best way to undertake this. You will also learn the skill of presenting cases to courts and tribunals through formulating and presenting a coherent submission based upon facts, general principles and legal authority.

In addition to this you will learn how to identify and analyse the relevant facts and the legal context in which the facts arise and how they relate to each other. You will be able to prepare the legal framework of a case and a simple narrative outline of the facts in order to prepare a submission. Through this you will be able to present an oral submission demonstrating good communication skills and an understanding of the ethics, etiquette and conventions of advocacy.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through independent learning, lectures and workshops focussed around the skill of advocacy. The lectures will introduce you to the principles of advocacy as well as the relevant areas of law on which you will prepare court submissions. The workshops will be a practical introduction to the skill of advocacy.

You will build upon some of the learning you undertook in criminal processes at level 4 and civil dispute resolution at level 5.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The University will support you in learning and research with an excellent library and teaching facilities; access to on-line databases and resources and appropriate software.

This Module is designed by, and will be managed by, the Module Tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the Module. Material will be provided to you by lecture and through the eLP. The Module has a dedicated eLP site which includes Workshop instruction briefs, PowerPoint slides and links to resources, such as documentaries, and newly published articles. This is in addition to the electronic reading list.

As well as contact with the lecturer you will also be taught by your Workshop Tutor. Should you have queries you may speak to the lecturer or your Workshop Tutor or e-mail your query to either member of staff. Support will include oral feedback from Tutors during small group Workshops. Your Workshop Tutor will also be available to answer queries by e mail or in person, provided an appointment has been arranged. You are encouraged to make contact with your Tutor if you encounter any difficulties relating to any aspect of the Module.

The Programme Administration and Student Liaison teams are responsible for the non-academic administration of the Module, such as receiving your completed assignment, returning your marked assignment and recording your marks.

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:
At the end of the module you will:

Understand how to conduct case analysis in order to critically apply the law to prepare and present cases to courts and tribunals.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
At the end of the module you will have:

Developed the ability to apply in depth knowledge and understanding of the law to a complex client problem and use the specific communication skills and techniques employed by a presenting advocate to defend your position in court, including adapting presentations in light of opposing representations.


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

Developed intellectual independence by being able to carry out case analysis and present client’s cases to the court. You will need to be able to act autonomously and be responsible for planning your submission and ensuring that you comply with any professional conduct requirements.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment will be achieved through engagement with the practical workshops where oral and written feedback will be provided by tutors.

Summative assessment will be through carrying out oral submissions in a court situation. This will be assessed on a competent/not-yet competent basis.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

On this module you will learn how to prepare advocacy submissions and be able to formulate and present coherent submissions based upon facts, general principles and legal authority in a structured, concise and persuasive manner. This is a compulsory module specified by the SRA and is assessed on a competent/not-yet competent basis through the presentation of oral submissions.

Course info

UCAS Code M100

Credits 0

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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