Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW3167: Access to Justice Clinic

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

In this module, you will develop valuable skills such as interviewing and counselling, public speaking, and client record keeping, and gain a broader understanding of what access to justice really means. Through studying the legal system in the areas of criminal justice, housing, disability and employment law, you will learn to identify the barriers to justice. In identifying these barriers, you will discuss and develop pathways for individuals to access justice. You will also learn how to explain complex legal information to laypersons as part of creating this access to justice. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the means through which access to justice can be facilitated, and a substantial range of major relevant concepts and issues
2. Critically evaluate the extent to which access to justice is facilitated in the UK
3. Demonstrate critical awareness of the social and contextual implications of access to justice
4. Identify, explain and evaluate key issues relating to access to justice
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of legal concepts, values, principles, institutions and procedures, and the ability to explain the relationships among them, as well as their limits
6. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of legal concepts and their contextual/social/political implications
7. Demonstrate flexible ability to define complex legal problems, identify their relative significance and select appropriate methods for investigating and critically evaluating them
8. Select, integrate and present coherently and reflectively, orally and in writing, relevant law and legal/theoretical arguments
Personal and Key Skills9. Interact effectively and proactively within a team/learning group, to share information and ideas, and to manage conflict
10. Manage relevant learning resources/ information/ learning strategies and to develop own arguments and opinions with minimum guidance
11. Communicate and engage in debate effectively and accurately, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline/ different contexts
12. Plan and undertake tasks, individually and with others, with minimum guidance, to reflect critically on the learning process and make use of feedback
13. Identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of library-based and electronic resources with minimum guidance