Foundational Legal Skills

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Sonya Onwu NAB 5.07


This course is compulsory on the BA in Anthropology and Law and LLB in Laws. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.

Course content

An non-assessed course to help students develop their legal skills. By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. actively read legal material, and produce comprehensive working notes.

2. engage in independent, self-directed research.

3. critically evaluate a range of legal materials.

4. present clear written arguments in a structured, logical and well-reasoned way, and supported by substantiating evidence.

5. identify and apply the relevant law to the facts of a problem scenario in a structured and methodical manner.

6. assess and reflect upon their own skills development, identify areas for improvement, and the appropriate mechanisms for doing so.


1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT.

An initial two sessions will take place during Induction Week, followed by 10 weekly seminars. Reading week (wk 6) will be free.

Formative coursework

Each week, students will be asked to upload a sample of work, the results of their pre and post class self-test, and a short statement as to their skills needs (this may need to be revised/updated accordingly). At the end of the course, students will need to produce a summary that considers and engages with the results of their self-assessment and identifies any key areas for improvement.

Indicative reading

Readings will be taken from the assigned reading for the LLB first year core courses in each week to avoid students having to read additional pieces. A guide to which readings used will be provided at the start of the course. 

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2017/18: Unavailable

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Capped 2017/18: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills