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Unit information: Law in Action in 2022/23

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Unit name Law in Action
Unit code LAWD10018
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Short
Open unit status Not open
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School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

This unit introduces students to the essential knowledge and skills needed for effective study of law at university, provides opportunities to test, practice and develop these, and introduces students to some current themes in legal thinking, legal practice and the professions. The unit will explore key characteristics of law, the legal system, and legal practice and processes in England & Wales, including the court structure, the doctrine of precedent, legislation, dispute resolution and legal ethics. The unit will introduce and develop key skills of issue identification, logic and reasoning, case and statutory interpretation, finding and citing of legal and other materials, legal writing, application of legal rules, and constructing arguments, as well as further skills such as working effectively in groups, reflection and reflective writing, and communicating clearly and effectively in different formats.

Your learning on this unit

On completion of this unit, successful students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the key characteristics of the legal system and court structure of England & Wales
  • Appreciate key differences between legal sources and demonstrate an ability to read cases and statutory material effectively
  • Identify and locate relevant legal and other sources, and reference and cite them correctly
  • Use relevant legal materials to construct a basic argument in response to a legal issue or problem, using clear and appropriate language
  • Work, in a group and individually, to create an output that communicates research findings to a defined recipient
  • Reflect on learning experiences and provide evidence of development of autonomous learning, using clear and appropriate language.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

How you will be assessed

1 x summative assessment: coursework with a specified word count (100%)

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.