LW7109 - Interviewing and advising

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will build on the principles and techniques of interviewing and advising. The module will build on the experience you have had in the Student Law Office on interviewing and advising clients and will give you an opportunity to develop and enhance your skill in this area. You will be able to competently advise the client taking into account their objectives, priorities and constraints and identify and advise on possible courses of action that they can take alongside the legal and non-legal consequences of these. You will also learn how to accurately record an interview and the advice given as well as the decisions taken by a client and the follow up steps.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn the skill of interviewing and advising through the Wills and Administration of Estates module and the learning and teaching strategy employed on this module.

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 taught through the Wills and Administration of Estates module and you will benefit from all the support provided through that module including material being available through the eLP and support through the Workshop Tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the Module. You will also be supported in your learning by the use of standardised clients to help you develop and enhance your interviewing skills.

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:
• Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and techniques of the skill of interviewing and advising.
• Identify courses of action and the legal and non-legal consequences of such a course.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• The ability to conduct an effective interview eliciting relevant information and allowing the client to explain concerns in order to apply in depth knowledge and understanding of the law to verbally advise the client on their problem and answer client questions.
• Accurately record an interview including the advice given, steps to be taken, and the follow up steps.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Reflecting on and using the feedback from the practice interviews you will develop and build on the skill and ability to individually prepare and be responsible for the interview and carry out a client interview which adheres to professional conduct rules and maintains the best interests of the client

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be achieved through engagement with the practical workshops/interviews where oral feedback will be provided by tutors and/or standardised clients. You will also have previously had the opportunity to conduct interviews, advise clients, and receive feedback on these through your engagement with the Student Law Office at Level 6.

Summative assessment will be through interviewing and advising a client on a probate and administration of estates matter and preparing an attendance note which accurately records the information received and advice given.

Assessment criteria will be provided to enable you to understand what is expected of you and you will be provided with written feedback on your final assessment.




Wills and Administration of Estates

Module abstract

On this module you will further develop your skill of interviewing and advising a client which you established in the Student Law Office module. On completion of this module you will be able to conduct an effective interview eliciting the relevant information from a client whilst allowing a client to explain their concerns. You will also be able to advise a client on possible courses of action including the legal and non-legal consequences of these options. In addition you will be able to accurately record in writing an interview along with the advice given and decisions made. You will develop these skills through the use of standardised clients who will provide feedback on your interviewing technique from a lay client perspective giving you a unique insight into your own interviewing skills.

This module will prepare you for working in a law firm as a trainee solicitor and forms part of the professional requirements set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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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