LW7111 - Practical Legal Research

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will build on the Practical Legal Research (PLR) that you did in the Student Law Office. You will refine the skill of PLR through considering the scope and objectives of the research and determining whether additional information is required and the sources for this information. You will also further learn how to identify and apply case law, statute law, regulations, and rules to a research problem and how to keep a methodical and accurate record of the research undertaken.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will be taught through the Business Law & Practice module as part of its learning and teaching strategy.

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 Business Law & Practice 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 be provided with a Research Report Outline and a Northumbria PLR Handbook.

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:
• You will understand the need for the in depth investigation of all relevant factual and legal issues involved in a transaction or matter
• You will know how to research the law to obtain an in depth knowledge and understanding of the law in order to critically apply this knowledge to a practical problem to accurately advise a client

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will be able to interpret the in depth legal research and apply this legal knowledge to a client problem in order to advise the client whilst recognising when additional information may be required and present this in a professional format

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Exercise initative in the planning and implementation of legal research around a client problem whilst considering professional conduct issues involved in researching and advising on a case.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be achieved through engagement with the practical workshops where oral feedback will be provided by the tutors. You will also have previously had the opportunity to carry out practical legal research and receive feedback on this in the Student Law Office at level 6.

Summative assessment will be through carrying out a discrete piece of legal research on a business related issue and producing a report setting out the law and advising the client.




Business Law & Practice

Module abstract

On this module you will learn how to carry out effective legal research and will build on the legal research skills that you developed in the Student Law Office. You will learn how to accurately prepare a legal research report whilst considering the current case law, statute law, statutory instruments, regulations, and rules relating to the research problem. This module forms part of the professional requirements set out 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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