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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1022C: Legal Foundations

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

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.

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

  • Sources of law and statutory interpretation
  • Judicial precedent and reading cases
  • Client interviewing
  • Writing letters of advice
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Writing skeleton arguments
  • Trial advocacy
  • Witness cross-examination
  • Two areas of substantive law

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 Activities1313 x 1-hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3417 x 2-hour teacher-led seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities55 x 1-hour skills workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities72 x 3.5-hour mock legal hearings
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities8Business & Law Hack
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities8Advocacy Week
Guided Independent Study1414 x 1-hour 'law firm' peer-led meetings
Guided Independent Study168 x 2-hour 'law firm' peer-led meetings
Guided Independent Study80Individual reading and preparation for tasks
Guided IndepenGuided Independent Studydent Study68Seminar preparation (individual and with groups)
Guided Independent Study47Portfolio preparation

Online Resources

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

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.