LW7117 - Legal Writing

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn how to choose an appropriate method of communication with a client, emails, letters, memoranda and other forms of written communication and be able to tailor this to suit the purpose of the communication and the needs of the client. You will develop your skill of how to produce a legal letter which accurately and correctly addresses all the relevant legal and factual issues raised by the client and, where appropriate, identify the practical options including the costs, benefits and risks of these options. In addition you will develop your ability to identify clients’ objectives and priorities and address their concerns whilst carrying out their instructions.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will be taught through the Wills and Administration of Estates 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 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.

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:
• Understand the appropriate use of media to communicate with a client.
• Accurately and correctly address all relevant legal and factual issues including the practical options and outcomes of these for the client.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• The ability to use appropriate language for a communication which is appropriate to the client.
• Develop the ability to construct a written communication which identifies clients’ objectives and priorities and addresses their concerns.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Develop skills and abilities to address a client’s problem in writing and comply with professional obligations.

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. Feedback will also be provided via the dedicated eLP module site. You will also have previously had the opportunity to draft letters and receive feedback on these through your engagement with the Student Law Office at Level 6.

Summative assessment will be through the production of a piece of legal writing to a client in the context of Wills and Administration of Estates. This will be assessed on a competent/not-yet competent basis.

Assessment criteria are provided to enable you to understand what is expected of you and how you will be judged on your performance.

You will be provided with appropriate written feedback on your final assessment in accordance with the Law School’s Undergraduate feedback policy.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

Wills and Administration of Estates

Module abstract

On this module you will develop your ability to prepare a written communication to the client and be able to coherently formulate a legal letter which will address the client’s concerns accurately and correctly and carry out the client’s instructions. 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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