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Legal Foundations 2

Module titleLegal Foundations 2
Module codeLAW1024C
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Mrs Camilla Gee (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module builds on LAW1023C to continue giving you a dynamic introduction to the law and to legal practice. By working towards and taking part in a mock tribunal or court hearing, you will:

  • continue the development of key academic, study and legal skills, using real world examples, practical experience, and role-play;
  • explore the primary sources of English law and the role of lawyers within the legal system;
  • begin your development of important legal practices such as negotiation and advocacy, within a framework of professional ethics and teamwork.

Moreover, this module supports you in recognizing the importance of self-reflection in study and professional practice.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aims of this module are:

  1. to introduce you to the sources of law and their use in legal argument;
  2. to begin the process of equipping you with the practical legal skills of negotiation and advocacy;
  3. to equip you with teamworking skills;
  4. to equip you with the skill of critical self-evaluation in relation to skills development;

to provide you with an understanding one area of substantive law.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. explain and apply foundational principles and rules governing one specified area of substantive law
  • 2. explain and apply foundational principles of negotiation

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. conduct legal research to inform argument
  • 4. demonstrate understanding of the sources of law
  • 5. employ legal principles and rules in argument in a manner appropriate to the discipline
  • 6. explain and apply foundational principles of legal advocacy

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. critically evaluate your personal contribution to teamwork and take steps to strengthen it
  • 8. work effectively as part of a team

Syllabus plan

Please note that this module is exclusively available to students on the Cornwall campuses and differs materially from the Legal Foundations module available on the Streatham Campus.


Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover at least some of the following topics:


  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Writing skeleton arguments
  • Trial advocacy
  • Witness cross-examination
  • One area of substantive law


Legal principles, particularly equality and justice, professional ethical behaviour, and teamwork skills are embedded throughout the course.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities66 x 1-hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities10.57 x 1.5-hour teacher-led seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22 x 1-hour skills and assessment workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3.51 x 3.5-hour mock legal hearings
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities5Advocacy Week
Guided Independent Study99 x 1-hour ‘law firm’ peer-led meetings
Guided Independent Study46Individual reading and preparation for tasks
Guided Independent Study28Seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study40Assessment preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Peer assessment of contribution to teamworkConducted once by ‘law firm’ peers7,8Moderated written peer feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio of spring term work751,750 words1-6Individual written feedback. Supplementary oral feedback available.
Teamwork self-assessment251,000 words 7,8Individual written feedback. Supplementary oral feedback available.

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Portfolio of spring term workResubmission of portfolio (1,750 words)1-6August/September reassessment period
Teamwork self-assessmentResubmission of teamwork self-assessment (1,000 words)7,8August/September reassessment period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

  • J. Holland and J. Webb, ‘Learning Legal Rules’ (10th edn, OUP 2019).
  • R. Hyams, S. Campbell & A. Evans, ‘Practical Legal Skills: Developing Your Clinical Technique’ (4th edn, OUP 2014).
  • E. Finch and S. Fafinski, ‘Legal Skills’ (8th edn, OUP, 2021)
  • C. Brennan, ‘Tort Law Directions’, (8th edn, OUP, 2022).
  • K.Horsey and E. Rackley, ‘Tort Law’(7th edn, OUP, 2021)
  • S.Blake, J. Brown and S. Sime, ‘Overview of Negotiation and Mediation’ (5th edn, OUP, 2022).
  • S. Bake, ‘A Practical Approach to Effective Litigation, (8th edn, OUP, 2015).

You may also find Imogen Moore and Craig Newbery-Jones, ‘The Successful Law Student: An Insider's Guide to Studying Law’ (2nd edn, OUP 2022) very useful.

There are other more specific books, which will be referred to for different stages of the module, and multiple copies of these are available in the Penryn Campus Library.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE –
  • An online reading list suggesting further reading and resources can be accessed via the Legal Foundations ELE page, and will be updated throughout the year. You are encouraged to make use of these resources to further your knowledge and understanding.

Key words search

Law, foundations, legal skills

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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