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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3047B: Innovative Law in Practice Dissertation

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of the Innovative Law in Practice Dissertation module is to give you the opportunity to develop further your independent research and argumentation skills, and to acquire knowledge on a discrete set of legal issues chosen by you based on your experience during your placement year. The module also aims to encourage and inspire you to engage critically with legal research and scholarship on a specific research question. It further aims to give you the opportunity to engage in practical work on the future of the legal profession, namely to identify, collect, and process research materials from the professional jurisdiction of England and Wales in which you have spent your third year. It provides particularly good practice in carrying out and presenting legal research on the future of the legal profession and the use of technology / AI in the development of professional ethics in the future.

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. Identify, define and construct a critical analysis of a discrete research topic in an area of innovation encountered during your placement year;
2. Identify and define key research questions and hypotheses about the chosen profession-based research topic;
3. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the selected legal and ethical issues acquired through independent research and study;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Integrate and assess information from a comprehensive range of relevant legal materials;
5. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a range of complex legal issues and their contextual implications, where relevant;
6. Evaluate critically the materials considered and used for the Dissertation;
Personal and Key Skills7. Plan and undertake tasks efficiently, to reflect critically on the learning process and to make effective use of feedback from the supervision process;
8. Work independently, to manage time efficiently and meet strict deadlines;
9. Develop and structure an argument over a sustained piece of writing and in an effective manner;