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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1022C: Legal Foundations

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Please note: 

(i)            This module syllabus (Legal Foundations LAW1022C) is exclusively available to students on the Cornwall Campuses and differs materially from the Legal Foundations syllabus of the Streatham Campus (LAW1036).


(ii)          Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

Term 1 :

This term focusses on the application of contract and employment law to a real life case scenario ending in an employment tribunal. You will interview your client, write a client letter and become part of a legal team which take part in a mock employment tribunal on the case. You will learn from visits to an employment tribunal and from masterclasses by practicing lawyers in constructing and delivering your legal arguments. You start your individual skills meetings with your tutor which continue through both terms. You also start to work as part of your legal team and take part in team building exercises including our beach day.

  • What is Law? Who are Lawyers? Why do people turn to law?
  • Finding, reading and understanding the law :  Looking at legal systems (common and civil jurisdictions), reading and applying Acts of Parliament, case law and other legal sources  
  • client interviewing
  • Running a client file
  • Giving advice
  •  Letter writing to clients
  • Advocacy within a  tribunal setting
  • mediation  and negotiation skills

Term 2:

This term examines the application of the law of negligence to a company accused of environmental pollution. You will work within your legal team to construct a case for your clients who may be the Environment Agency, the company or the alleged victims. You will also join forces with environmental science students studying a Legal Foundations for Environmental Protection (2) who will act as your expert witnesses during your trial.

  • Applying the law to a real world problem
  • Writing a legal opinion
  • Creating a case: preparation for trial including planning oral argument and advocacy training
  • Trial advocacy – opening and closing arguments, examination in chief and cross examination.
  • Alternative mechanisms for reparation and redress.

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

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

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

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2Individual skills meeting with tutor
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities6633 x 2 hour teacher-led seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities4020 x 2 hours 'law team' peer-led meetings
Guided Independent Study44Individual reading, and preparation for tasks.
Guided Independent Study or Group Study80Seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study60Portfolio preparation
Guided Independent Study8Preparation of tutor/student meeting notes and action points

Online Resources

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

Digital Resources

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.