Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW1022: Legal Foundations

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

It is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the following order although precise content and order may vary.

Week 1: Induction course (Library Exercise and work with Personal Tutor) and introductory lectures. Lecture 1 - Introduction to legal study and rationale of module / Nature and function of law. Lecture 2 - Equity.

Week 2: Lecture 3 - Structure and organisation of courts and tribunals. Give out court / tribunal observation exercise. Lecture 4 - Legal Research (students also receive group project to be handed in by the end of Term 1)

Week 3: Lecture 5 - Legal method and legal reasoning - Judicial precedent and comparative perspectives. Lecture 6 - Legal method and legal reasoning - statutory interpretation.

Week 4: Lecture 7 - Introduction to the civil justice process. Lecture 8 - NO LECTURE - COURT VISIT EXERCISE TIME

Week 5: Lecture 9 - First half of observation presentations. Lecture 10 - Second half of observation presentations.

Week 6: Lecture 11 - Legal advice and information: the role of the Citizens Advice Bureau. Lecture 12 - The legal professions.

Week 7: Lecture 13 - Access to justice. Lecture 14 - Professional legal ethics.

Week 8: Lecture 15 - Law reform and ways of thinking about law. Lecture 16 - Law reporting and reading cases.

Week 9: Lecture 17 - Alternative dispute resolution. Lecture 18 - Introduction to criminal justice.

Week 10: Lecture 19 - The Jury. Lecture 20 - The role of the police in restorative justice.

Week 11: Lecture 21 - Revision lecture. Lecture 22 - Exam Study Skills.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
97.5 52.5 0

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities 33Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities4.5 Workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities60Group learning including 7 hours of team development mentoring
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities10Court Presentation
Guided Independent study52.5 Independent study

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources

Judiciary of England and Wales: http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/
Ministry of Justice: http://www.justice.gov.uk/
HMCS Court Service: http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/
Parliament: http://www.parliament.uk/