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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 06/02/2017 17:14:36

Title of Module: Practical Legal Learning

Code: LAWW09024 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dale  McFadzean

Summary of Module

The purpose of this optional module is to allow students to obtain academic credit for work undertaking within a legal setting. Students may undertake work within UWS in partnership with the Enterprise Academy or with an external organisation such as Citizens Advice.

This optional module is closely linked with the development of employability skills and with the student's own development of their professional skills.

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).
Term 1


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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

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

L1. Gain work experience in a legal environment

L2. Reflect on the skills required to work within the legal sector

L3. Show an ability to apply the law in practice

L4. Show a high level of competence in a range of practical legal skills such as researching, interviewing, legal drafting, advocacy, and case-management

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 9.

A broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the ethical issues surrounding legal practice.
A critical understanding of a selection of the principal theories, principles, concepts and terminology pertaining to poverty legal services in Scotland.
Knowledge of work and employability requirements relating to the law.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

The application of the principal skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with practical legal skills.
Observation, understanding, interpretation and manipulation of the law.
Carry out forms of legal research involving sustained independent enquiry; retrieve and generate information and evaluate sources, in carrying out research, including the ability to quote from authoritative sources.
Practice in a range of professional level contexts which include a degree of unpredictability

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of legal ideas, concepts, information and issues
Identify and analyse legal problems and issues
Draw on a range of legal sources in making judgments
The ability to employ reasoning and logic in order to analyse data and to formulate relevant arguments and hypotheses; and the ability to express, interpret and discuss such analyses, arguments and hypotheses

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Make formal and informal presentations on legal topics in the creative industries to a variety of audiences
Use a range of legal databases and applications to support and enhance work
The ability to assimilate and synthesise complex legal information

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction, self-motivation, self-critical awareness and reflexivity
Manage time, personnel and resources effectively, by drawing on planning and organisational skills
An ability to react spontaneously, manage risk and cope with the unexpected
Work productively in a group or team
Deal with ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices, seeking guidance where appropriate

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:

Module Title:
Legal Advocacy Skills
Legal Systems *
Legal Writing 1: Foundations *
Legal Writing 2: Drafting
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
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 Delivery15
Work Based Learning/Placement 70
Independent Study115
200 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:

(**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

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardAccounting, Finance and Law
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelAccounting, Finance & Law
ModeratorClive Mitchell
External ExaminerS Wood
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
portfolio of work including personal reflection on the work-based learning experience (100%)
(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
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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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