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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 09/06/2022 13:28:57

Title of Module: Legal Advocacy Skills

Code: LAWW07016 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Susannah  Paul

Summary of Module

Legal Advocacy Skills aims to introduce students to a variety of academic skills necessary for the presentation of oral legal argument. Students will be expected to learn, primarily, through group based practical workshops utilising a blend of written and audio-visual materials. 

Students will be expected to work independently and in groups with others in order to develop skills for the presentation of  oral legal arguments. This will be achieved primarily through the analysis of case law.

Students will be required for assessment purposes to compete in teams in mini moot trials or submit a presentation (as best adapted to the available methods of delivery).

  • Identify, source and apply relevant legal principles and rules to practical problems

  • Interpret statutory provisions, as well as judicial and academic opinion

  • Develop and deliver appropriate legal argument orally

  • Develop general advocacy skills

  • Develop critical thought skills

  • Develop sophisticated skills of oral argument

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Identify, source and apply relevant legal principles and rules to practical legal problems

L2. Effectively interpret statutory provisions, as well as judicial and academic opinions

L3. Develop and deliver relevant legal argument orally

L4. Utilise learning resources, including electronic resources, to acquire knowledge and understanding of the law

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Understand the different approaches to the presentation of legal arguments.

Demonstrate an ability to produce oral work suitable for a variety of different audiences.

Demonstrate an understanding of the key skills required for succesful oral presentations.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Identifying and using primary and secondary legal sources.

Demonstrating an ability to source, read, and interpret statutory material.

Demonstrating an ability to source, read and interpret comlpex legal judgements.

Demonstrate an ability to deliver a complex set of ideas and legal arguments to different sets of audiences.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Using basic and routine legal skills, techniques, practices and materials.

Practicing these in both routine and non-routine context

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Utilising a wide range of skills, including the use of information and communications technology, for the gathering, basic analysis and presentation of routine legal information, ideas and concepts.
Conveying complex ideas in well structured and coherent form.
Using a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and new contexts

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Exercising initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities independently or as part of a team under guidance.
Identifying, reflecting upon and addressing personal learning needs

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Legal Advocacy Skills aims to introduce students to a variety of academic skills necessary for the presentation of oral legal argument. The module will be delivered in Term 2 utilising a variety of teaching methods and materials. Students will be expected to learn primarily through group based practical workshops utilising a blend of written and audio-visual materials. Students may also be expected to participate in a practical visit, which could involve attendance at a judicial or quasi-judicial hearing to be determined by the module co-ordinator.

Students will be expected to work independently and in groups with others in order to develop skills for the presentation of legal points orally. This will be achieved through the analysis of complex legal opinions from the Supreme Courts in Scotland, and relevant statutory materials.

Students will be required for assessment purposes to compete in teams in mini moot trials having prepared a written legal argument in advance. The assessment may be required to be adapted to a presentation in light of the learning and teaching methods available. Students may be formatively assessed by way of a continuous learning log.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Practice Based Learning0
Independent Study88
100 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Hill & Pope, Mooting Handbook - From Mooting to Advocacy, Sweet & Maxwell, 2015

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Students are required to attend scheduled teaching sessions and engage with the Virtual Learning Environment, and engage in assessment, lack of which could result in the student being referred to the Engagement Panel, and could prevent student progression, and ultimately successful degree completion.

Students have a maximum of 2 years to progress through a module/level, which over 4 levels, could cumulatively take a maximum of 8 years for Full-Time study.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardAccounting, Finance and Law
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelAccounting, Finance & Law
ModeratorD McFadzean
External ExaminerMumtaz Hussain
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Oral performance in the moot worth 100% of the overall mark. The moot may require adaptation for example, to a presentation to best suit the learning and teaching methods available in response to Covid-19 restrictions or other accessibility requirements.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Clinical/ Fieldwork/ Practical skills assessment/ Debate/ Interview/ Viva voce/ Oralcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark1000
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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