Foundational Legal Skills

This information is for the 2019/20 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 5 hours of classes in the MT.

An initial two sessions will take place during Induction Week, followed by 10 weekly 30 minute classes. Reading week (week 6) will be free.

Formative coursework

Each week, students will be asked to upload a sample of work. They will be able to access the results of their pre and post class self-test, and will need to present a short statement as to their skills needs to the group. Students will receive feedback in-class on their work.

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 2018/19: 181

Average class size 2018/19: 15

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills