The module offers students the opportunity to gain academic credit through critical reflection of law in practice. Students will experience a practice-based role in a legal environment that is agreed between the student and the module director. Placements could range from working within the local council or local CAB office to working in a law firm or a company's legal department. The module supports the development of practical, intellectual and inter-personal skills, facilitates understanding of the cultural, ethical and employment context of law, and integrates learning from work and academic study.
The aims of the module are:
To teach law through its application and practice and through critical reflection on those processes;
To increase the employability of students by developing and enhancing their transferrable and subject-specific knowledge and skills;
To increase the employability of students by developing and enhancing skills of oral and written communication for specific audiences (including an oral presentation), professionalism, confidentiality, and problem solving in a day-to-day working environment;
To develop in students a critical understanding of ethical issues involved in legal work;
To encourage better understanding of personal and professional development planning, professional ethics and reflective learning;
To introduce students to key skills in client interviewing and alternative dispute resolution;
To afford students the opportunity to gain credit for their work placement and to enrich their legal understanding from undertaking work based learning in an appropriate environment.
The student will acquire, develop and apply knowledge and skills relating to:
The practical application of the law