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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3110C: Legal Research Paper 1

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Students will be asked to select their field of study from a range of subject areas offered by staff. Having reached agreement with staff over supervision, students will undertake a research phase to narrow down and refine their field of study to a specific title.

Students will meet with their supervisor on a mutually agreed basis (not less than three meetings during the term) to plan and discuss their research, analysis and writing.  Students will also be supported by specific teaching materials (which may include group workshops) for guidance and advice on: managing and structuring the paper; research using databases and library resources; preparing the Report (see below); referencing; and effective writing. Students will receive regular formative advice and feedback through the individual and group supervision activities.

Midway through the module, students will submit a Report (1000 words).  This work is summatively assessed and enables students to demonstrate and test their interim progress with their Legal Research Paper.  The Report will take the form of an abstract of the paper setting out the aims of the paper and summarising the strands of discussion that will be covered in the final paper.  It will include a short indicative bibliography.

Thereafter, it is anticipated that students will focus on independently developing and writing up the final paper with support from their supervisor, group sessions and independent planning. Students will be expected to prepare their final submission as if they are submitting their work to a peer-reviewed journal and the assessment will include consideration of how the journal reviewers might consider the submission.

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 activities1.5Individual supervision meetings; a minimum of three meetings is expected over the term.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities6Research training
Guided independent study22.5Identifying and locating research materials.
Guided independent study60Carrying out research, reading and taking notes
Guided independent study60Drafting and writing up

Online Resources

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