Foundational Legal Skills

This information is for the 2022/23 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

A 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 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 weekly material for the LLB first year core courses to avoid students having to read additional pieces. A guide to readings will be provided at the start of the course. 

Key facts

Department: Law School

Total students 2021/22: 194

Average class size 2021/22: 13

Capped 2021/22: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

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Personal development skills

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