Foundational Legal Skills

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Sonya Onwu NAB 5.07

Additional teacher TBA


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.


An initial two lectures will take place during Induction Week, followed by 10 weekly 45 minute classes. 

This year some or all of this teaching will be delivered through recorded online lectures and a mix of both in-person and online classes to accommodate students who are unable to physically be on campus.  This course includes a reading week in Weeks 6 of Michaelmas Term.

Formative coursework

Each week, students will be asked to upload a sample of work. 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. 

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2019/20: 173

Average class size 2019/20: 6

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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