LW2LWC-Legal Writing Credit

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr David Wilde

Email: d.c.wilde@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The Legal Writing Credit is a piece of assessed written work which allows a student independently to research a set topic arising out of other Part 2 LLB studies and to produce a critical essay, after a period of reflection.

The Legal Writing Credit allows the School to evaluate a student’s ability to develop an argument, to use and cite legal materials correctly and to do so within a specified number of pages (and to a specific format).

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will develop skills in terms of identifying and applying research agendas and will work independently, towards the analysis, synthesis, evaluation and critique of their topic.

Additional outcomes:
In addition to those listed in the School’s ‘core skills statement’, the module aims to facilitate the continued development of IT skills.

Outline content:

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
• At the start of the Autumn Term you will be allocated a title on a topic arising out of the other Part 2 LLB modules studied.

•There will be one general lecture each term: on researching and writing the essay.

• No assistance will be provided by any member of staff with respect to the essay, beyond the general lectures. No drafts or plans of essays may be submitted to any member of staff.

• Essays must be submitted by the required date, which will be specified when the titles are distributed.

• Students must comply with the School of Law Assessed Work Rules, as set out in the Law School Guide and LLB Programme Handbook.

• General feedback on the essays submitted will be published with the Part 2 results. Essays with individual feedback will be available for collection at the end of the Summer Term or the start of the Autumn Term of the third year.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 1 1
Guided independent study 99 99
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
An essay of no more than 10 pages formatted in accordance with the School of Law Assessed Work Rules, as set out in the Law School Guide and LLB Programme Handbook.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    An equivalent essay on a new set title.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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