1 LLB PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION CORE INFORMATION Programme Name: LAW Programme Length: 3YFT Award Title: LLB (Hons) Level of award: 6 Awarding body: University of Sunderland Which department is it in? Law Programme Studies Board: Law Programme Leader: Amy Purvis How and where can I study the programme? At Sunderland: Full-time on campus At a partner college: (Stage 1 only) Full-time in the UK Hartlepool 6 th Form College How long does the programme take? Min number of years / months Max number of years / months Full-time 3 yrs 9 yrs Part-time Distance learning Work-based learning For start-dates please see the current edition of the Prospectus or contact the relevant department at the University. For start-dates for programmes delivered in a partner college, please contact the college.
2 TEACHING AND LEARNING What is the programme about? The programme will; Provide learning opportunities which enable students to specialise in the study of law Develop and deliver a range of specialist law linked to staff expertise, research and scholarship Prepare students for a range of career opportunities including the academic stage of training for a career with the legal professions Develop in students the necessary intellectual, personal and key skills to enable them to develop as independent, autonomous, articulate and reflective individuals What will I know or be able to do at each Stage of the programme? By the end of this Stage of the programme successful students should know, understand or be able to do the following: Learning Outcomes Stage 1 skills S1 Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to situations of limited complexity in order to provide arguable conclusions for concrete problems (actual or hypothetical) S2 Bring together information and materials from a variety of different sources and produce a word-processed essay or other text and to present and reference such work in an appropriate form S3 Use primary and secondary sources, including electronic sources, identifying the principal rules, which are laid down and apply basic techniques of legal interpretation to them. S4 Understand and use the English language proficiently in relation to legal matters S5 Perform adequately assigned tasks within a group setting and to take part in group discussion S6 Demonstrate a basic ability to make some assessment of their own progress, ask for help when needed and follow guidance given by way of feedback Learning Outcomes Stage 1 knowledge K1 Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the principal institutions, features and procedures of the English Legal system K2 Demonstrate a knowledge of a range of legal concepts, values and principles Learning Outcomes Stage 2 skills S7 Identify accurately issues which need researching and, using paper and electronic information retrieval systems, obtain up-to-date legal information S8 Read and discuss legal materials, which are written in technical and complex language and to recognise and rank items and issues in terms of relevance and importance S9 Present and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions S10 Present knowledge or an argument in a way which is comprehensible to others and which is directed at their concerns S11 Use, present and evaluate (where relevant and as the basis for an argument) information provided in numerical or statistical form Learning Outcomes Stage 2 knowledge K3 Demonstrate a detailed and accurate knowledge and understanding of a substantial range of major concepts, values, principles and rules of the English Legal system Learning Outcomes Stage 3 skills S12 Produce a synthesis of relevant doctrine and policy issues from a variety of materials S13 Make a critical judgement of the merits of particular arguments S14 Act independently in planning and undertaking tasks in areas of law which have already been studied S15 Undertake independent research in areas of law which have not previously been studied starting from standard legal information sources S16 Express with reasons personal judgements concerning the concepts, values, principles and rules in a range of areas of law
3 Learning Outcomes Stage 3 knowledge K4 Demonstrate a study in depth and in context of some substantive areas of the legal system K5 Demonstrate a critical understanding of legal doctrine and policy within the social, economic, commercial or political contexts Learning Outcomes Ordinary degree If you are awarded an Ordinary degree you will have achieved the majority of the learning outcomes for the programme studied. However you will have gained fewer credits at Stage 3 than students awarded an Honours degree, your knowledge will typically be less broad and you will typically be less proficient in higher-level skills such as independent learning. What will the programme consist of? Each undergraduate programme consists of a number of Stages from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 4, each of which is equivalent to a year s full-time study. The summary below describes briefly what is contained in each Stage. Most programmes have a mixture of core (ie compulsory) modules and optional ones, often with increasing choice as you move through the programme and gain in experience. In some programmes the choice of optional modules gives you particular routes through the programme. Stage 1: The fundamental objectives behind the content of Stage 1 are to provide an outline of the English Legal System and to introduce you to a number of the basic skills that must be acquired in order to succeed in the pursuit of a QLD. In addition, this level will provide the basic knowledge upon which all of the modules in later Stages will be founded. You are introduced to the English Legal System and Legal Method (Legal Skills and Methods), and to three of the foundation subjects. Practical Contract Law is a subject that provides the basis for a large number of other modules which you will study later in your programme. A grasp of the principles at an early stage is therefore crucial. The second foundation subject at Stage 1 is Criminal Law and Procedure; and once again much of the content provides a foundation to other modules studied later in the programme. The final module on the first year is Public Law and the Law of the European Union. This subject is one of the key areas of the English legal system and complements the study of Legal Skills and Method. These four modules therefore provide you with a foundation of knowledge upon which later modules can build (and indeed may be dependent) and address both the knowledge learning outcomes identified at this Stage (K1 and K2). In addition however they provide you with the opportunity to begin your development of essential legal skills e.g. the ability to undertake basic research using both primary and secondary legal sources (S3), the ability to apply legal knowledge to actual or hypothetical situation (S1), and the ability to identify, and respond to, relevant facts. The Legal Skills and Methods module also requires you to reflect on your learning experiences (S6). Stage 2: The core modules at Stage 2 cover the remaining foundation subjects; The Law of Tort and the law relating to the Property and Trusts. Stage 2 is designed to ensure that you are able to use, and indeed continue to develop, the Stage 1 skills and demonstrate ability to understand, synthesise material and apply legal doctrine. It also provides a knowledge foundation for the optional subjects in Stage 3. Practical Tort Law, in some respects, is the companion to the Practical Contract Law in that both make up the law of obligations. Practical Tort Law builds upon the knowledge provided in Legal Skills and Method and provides an alternative route for legal remedy to many of the acts or omissions discussed in the Criminal Law and Procedure module. Further, as with most of the foundation subjects, it supports the study of a number of option modules at both Stages 2 and 3 including Medical Law, Sports Law and Personal Injury and Industrial Disease. Studying Practical Tort Law will utilise and hone the key legal skills acquired at Stage 1. Property and Trusts Law is more theoretical than Practical Tort Law. This module encourages a holistic approach to the study of equity, equitable principles and the law of property. It explores the relationship between the common law and equity, the scope, nature and effect of estates and interests in land, and the obligations and rights of tenants, land-owners and trustees. The module builds upon the content covered in the Legal Skills and Methods module at Stage
4 1(K3). You are then offered your first opportunity to select optional modules. You are required to select 60 credits of options. At this point in your studies you will be given the opportunity to continue your study on the traditional LL.B, or you may select to study a named route LL.B. The named routes are specifically designed to allow students the opportunity to showcase their passion for, and competency in, a particular area of legal study. As such, you may elect to study one of two named routes. The first route is the LL.B (Legal Practice) route. This route will appeal to students wishing to pursue a career as a solicitor, paralegal or fee-earner. Alternatively, students with a particular desire to practice commercial law or work within a business context can opt to study the LL.B (Commercial Law) route. If you are studying on the Legal Practice route you will study Civil Litigation and one other option module. If you are studying on the Commercial Route you will study Business Law and one other option module. If you do not choose to study one of the named routes then you can choose to study any of the option modules at stage 2. The optional modules available at stage 2 are Business Law, Civil Litigation, Placement Module, Education Law and Family Law. If you are not on the named route then you can study any of the option modules. The option modules provide you with the opportunity to study a substantive area of law, which is not part of the foundation requirements, in depth. Other option modules are designed more particularly (although certainly not exclusively) for those of you who are considering practice in the future. For example, Civil Litigation considers the practical side to dealing with clients, such as; drafting CPR compliant documents, interviewing clients, exploring alternative dispute resolutions, together with the basic procedural aspects of undertaking a civil action through the courts. Family Law has both theoretical and practical components, and explores the various rights and obligations that arise from familial relationships. Business Law explores the law regulating the constitution of companies and the rights, duties and responsibilities of partners and employees. The Education Law module is entirely theoretical and explores the obligations of Local Education Authorities and the rights of parents and students. The Placement module offers students the opportunity to gain relevant work experience and work at a placement throughout the year. The optional modules at Stage 2 build upon all of the core subjects at Stage 1 and sit appropriately alongside those at Stage 2. The modules at Stage 2 are therefore supportive of each other with regard to the development of knowledge and skills and also allow you to continue to develop the legal and personal skills that were first introduced and assessed at Stage 1. Furthermore, whilst not forming part of the assessment process, in many cases, these modules begin to introduce you to the higher-level skills and competencies, which will be assessed at Stage 3. Stage 3: At Stage 3 you can choose to study from a wide range of option modules. Students have a wide range of optionality at stage 3. This means that you have the opportunity to tailor your degree so that you study modules that are most appropriate for your own career goals, and/or modules which are of particular interest to you. Stage 3 modules provide an opportunity to ensure that you not only demonstrate knowledge, but also develop skills of critique, judgement and handling of complex materials. You will be expected to articulate personal values and choices in your chosen areas. Stage 3 also requires you to work much more independently, taking a greater responsibility for your own learning. The ability to undertake legal research is an essential skill and it is taught, practiced and assessed throughout the programme. At Stage 3 however, you the opportunity to undertake a major piece of legal research on a subject matter of your own choice (dissertation module). Studying the dissertation module is particularly useful for those wanting to pursue a career in academia or those contemplating further academic study (such as the LL.M and/or Ph.D). At stage 3, you can opt to work in the Sunderland Student Law Clinic. This is located in the Law Pod and is open to the public. Studying in the Clinic provides you with the opportunity to gain practical experience of working in a law firm setting. You will be dealing with real clients, conducting client interviews, and drafting and providing legal advice for the client. You will work under the supervision of a practicing solicitor and will work in a firm with other students. You will develop the ability to work in a professional environment and learn how to manage files and documentation in a professional and efficient manner. There are a wide range of option modules available at stage 3. If you are studying on the traditional LL.B you must study one of the following modules: Legal Theory or Dissertation module. You can then select any combination of the other option modules available. Option modules include theoretical modules such as Sports Law, Space Law, Organised Crime and Terrorism Law, Legal Theory and Coroners Law. There are also a number of practical modules such as the Sunderland Student Law Clinic, Personal Injury and
5 Industrial Disease Law, Commercial Law and Law of Evidence and Criminal Practice. There are also a number of modules which include both practical and theoretical elements; this includes Medical Law, Criminal Justice, Succession, International Law and Employment Law and Labour Law. If you are studying a named route then you will need to study certain specialist modules at stage 3. If you are studying the Legal Practice route you will need to work in our Sunderland Student Law Clinic and study the Law of Evidence and Criminal Practice. You would then study another 60 credits of option modules. If you study the Commercial Route will need to study Commercial Law and two of the business law modules (from Intellectual Property Law, International Trade Law and Employment Law and Labour Law). You will then study another 60 credits of option modules. On both routes, you study modules that will allow you to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of key areas within your chosen specialist field. For example, Commercial Law and International Trade Law are two interlinked areas which build upon the knowledge acquired by studying the Business Law module at stage 2. If you study this route then you will have studied a number of modules which are directly relevant to Commercial practice. If you study the Legal Practice route then you will have gained knowledge and experience of the procedures and rules governing the management of civil and criminal claims and will have gained relevant work experience from working in the Sunderland Student Law Clinic. The range of optional modules at stage 3 is indicative of the innovative and wide-ranging research that the law team are engaged with. You will benefit from research-led teaching and an innovative curriculum. How will I be taught? Scheduled teaching activities Independent study Placement All modules will encompass sessions that allow the tutor to explain, to the whole class, complex concepts and material. Workshops and session will allow the tutor to take questions, to outline areas of knowledge, indicate methods of tackling a problem and demonstrate methods of analysis and synthesis of materials. Audio-visual aids will be used to support the teaching of the modules. Materials used in sessions will also be available online via SunSpace. Tutors will also use the SunSpace virtual learning environment to direct you to additional materials, websites and module information. The SunSpace module spaces also encompass a My module Resources link. This gives you direct access to an electronic version of your module reading list which you can use to access online reading materials such as journal articles and E-books. You will be expected in the course of all modules to interact with each other and/or with the lecturer to develop ideas, work on tasks, practice skills or explain material. At Stage 1, this might focus significantly on ensuring that a common understanding of basic principles and procedures exists amongst the student body. By Stage 3, the focus will become much more critical and will reflect the body of legal research which you will undertake in preparation for the session. In some sessions, classes will be delivered in a computer suite so that you can complete tasks on a computer. Tasks may include activities such as drafting legal documents, creating presentations, locating and utilising legal research, and participating in online tests. This method of teaching is likely to be applied in modules that encompass a practical element (such as, Practical Contract Law, Legal Skills and Methods, Civil Litigation, The Law of Evidence and Criminal Litigation, and Commercial Law). All modules require you to engage in the research of both primary and secondary sources. The level, breadth and depth required for the completion of modules will increase as you progress through each stage of the degree. You will also engage in directed private study including reading, completion of set questions, group activities, revision, and carrying out assessment work. Case studies are a common method of testing legal knowledge. They enable you to: identify accurately the issues in need of research and to bring that information together; apply subject specific legal knowledge to a realistic and/or practical context; make critical judgments of the merits of a particular argument; present and make reasoned choices between alternative solutions; and present that information in an appropriate manner according to the intended audience. The case studies may take the form of real cases or legal issues in debate at any given moment in time or may be hypothetical. In the Sunderland Student Law Clinic you will be expected to analyse real cases and to provide accurate legal advice to your client. In Practical Tort Law and Mooting, you will analyse Moot problems and
6 construct a persuasive legal argument on behalf of a fictitious client. Self-directed study is formally introduced at Stage 1, and developed further throughout stages 2 and 3. During the final year, you will take a greater responsibility for your studies and will need to engage in comprehensive wideranging legal research. A number of modules incorporate court/tribunal visits, video presentations, and visiting speakers into their strategies and many involve students in oral presentations (some of which will be assessed) during the seminar or workshop sessions. Some modules also incorporate activities outside of the classroom: Public Law and the Law of the European Union at Stage 1 provides an opportunity for students to undertake a tour of the Houses of Parliament and the new Supreme Court; Legal Skills and Method involves a court visit at Sunderland Magistrates Court. How will I be assessed and given feedback? Written examinations Oral examinations Coursework Practical assessments Poster Presentations Examinations, research assignments, case studies, problem questions, practical activities and reports in various formats intended for a diverse audience provide the mechanism for you to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of both general and specific legal principles as well as competence in respect of specific legal and transferrable skills. Such methods will also allow you to indicate both the breadth and depth of their directed and independent research. Examinations vary in their nature; some are closed-book with unseen papers; in others you are provided with the questions prior to the examination with the examination itself being closed book, in further instances, you are permitted to take papers and texts into the examination with you. Viva examinations are oral examinations that require you to outline your argument and respond to questions from the examiner. Case studies, based on real or hypothetical facts of varying degrees of complexity, are perhaps the most common assessment method adopted across the programme. They constitute most of the individual assignments issued to you across the programme and short case studies for the basis of most examination questions. As you progress through the Stages of the programme, we would expect that your submissions will include a greater degree of critical comment and will reflect both a breadth and depth of reading and research. You are encouraged to participate in group work, particularly in seminar or workshop activities and indeed in the preparation of assessments. Its formal inclusion in assessments however is limited, principally on the grounds that the final degree is awarded to you as an individual and thus should be based on your individual work. Where group work is used the module guide will indicate in clear terms how individual performance is assessed. Presentation skills are also an important element of the programme and are utilized frequently on an informal basis within seminars and workshops. Oral legal arguments and the ability to respond to questioning that might typically form part of the adversarial process are formally assessed in Tort and Mooting, Personal Injury and Industrial Disease and Legal Theory. In Space Law and Education Law, you are required to create and present a poster that explores an aspect of law in detail. A number of modules require you to complete a portfolio of tasks. In Legal Skills and Methods, you will be required to complete a range of tasks and these will constitute a portfolio which assesses a wide range of skills. Some skills are specific legal skills and other are purely academic in nature. In Family Law, the tasks that form part of the portfolio are both academic and practical in nature, requiring you to demonstrate skills of legal research and criticality as well as being able to apply the law in a more practical context in a manner which is appropriate for the intended audience. Civil Litigation and Organized Crime and Terrorism (OCT) are much more practical in their portfolio content. In OCT, you must prepare briefing documents and reports for a number of organizations/individuals addressing the different aspects of the investigation and detection of terrorist offences. Civil Litigation requires students to take on the role of a personal injury lawyer and complete the appropriate paperwork for a civil claim.
7 The generic assessment criteria that we use can be found at https://docushare.sunderland.ac.uk/docushare/dsweb/view/collection-8035 The University regulations can be found at https://docushare.sunderland.ac.uk/docushare/dsweb/view/collection-2780
8 Matrix of Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Assessment of Learning Outcomes: Stage 1 Module Code Core / Optio n Legal Skills and Method Modes of T&L Modes of Assessment S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 K1 K2 LAW149 Core Lectures; Seminars; Sunspace; Visits; Discussion Practical Contract Law LAW121 Core Lectures; Seminars; Sunspace; Discussion; Case Studies Criminal Law and LAW115 Core Lectures; Seminars; Sunspace; Procedure Discussion; Case Studies Public Law and the LAW112 Core Lectures; Seminars; Sunspace; Visits; Law of the European Discussion Union Portfolio; Group coursework X X X X X X X Viva examination; coursework X X X X Viva examination; coursework X X X X X Coursework, examination X X X X X X
9 Matrix of Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Assessment of Learning Outcomes: Stage 2 Module Code Core / Modes of T&L Modes of Assessment S7 S8 S9 S1 S1 K3 Option 0 1 Practical Tort Law LAW251 Core Lectures; Seminars; Sunspace; Case Study; Examination X X X X Discussion; Case Studies Property and Trusts Law LAW246 Core Lectures; Seminars; Sunspace; Case Study; Examination X X X X X Discussion; Case Studies Business Law LAW245 Option Lectures; Seminars; workshops; Coursework; Essay x x x x x X Sunspace; Discussion; Case Studies Law Placement Project LAW247 Option Work-based Learning Reflective Log; appraisal X X X X X Family Law LAW248 Option Lectures; Seminars; workshops; Portfolio; Coursework x x x x x x Sunspace; Discussion; Case Studies Civil Litigation LAW249 Option Lectures; Seminars; Practical Exercises; Practical Portfolio X X X X X Sunspace; Discussion; Education Law LAW250 Option Lectures; Seminars; Practical Exercises; Sunspace; Discussion; Coursework, Crit x x x x x x
10 Matrix of Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Assessment of Learning Outcomes: Stage 3 Module Code Core / Optio n Modes of T&L Modes of Assessment Dissertation LAW307 Option Lectures; Tutorials; Sunspace Dissertation Outline; X X X X X X X Dissertation Family Law LAW306 Option Lectures; seminars Coursework; portfolio X X X X X X X Law of Evidence and LAW344 Option Lectures; Seminars; Sunspace; Discussion; Essay; coursework X X X X X X X Criminal Practice Case Studies Succession LAW317 Option Lectures; Seminars; Sunspace; Discussion; Will Drafting Exercise; X X X X X X X Case Studies Case Study Medical Law LAW318 Option Workshops; Sunspace; Visits; Discussion Coursework; portfolio X X X X X X X International Law LAW341 Option Workshops; Sunspace; Visits; Discussion Essay/Problem X X X X X X X S1 2 S1 3 S1 4 S1 5 S1 6 K4 K5 Organized Crime and Terrorism LAW320 Option Workshops; Sunspace; Visits; Discussion Practical Portfolio X X X X X X X International Trade Law LAW342 Option Workshops; Sunspace; Visits; Discussion Essay/Problem X X X X X X X Legal Theory LAW324 Option Workshops; Sunspace; Visits; Discussion Essay/Presentation X X X X X X X Commercial Law LAW325 Option Workshops; Sunspace; Visits; Discussion Essay/Problem X X X X X X X Sports Law LAW327 Option Workshops; Sunspace; Visits; Discussion Essay/Problem X X X X X X X Employment Law LAW328 Option Workshops; Sunspace; Visits; Discussion Essay/Problem X X X X X X X Intellectual Property Law LAW331 Option Workshops; Sunspace; Visits; Discussion Case Study; Essay X X X X X X X Coroners Law LAW333 Option Workshops; Sunspace; Visits; Discussion Case Study X X X X X X X Space Law LAW334 Option Workshops; Sunspace; Visits; Discussion Essay; poster presentation X X X X X X X
11 Industrial Disease and Personal Injury Law Sunderland Student Law Clinic LAW337 Option Workshops; Sunspace; Discussion Practical Client-Based X X X X X X X LAW340 Option Practical work-based learning Practical Client-Based X X X X X X X Employment and Labour LAW344 Option Lectures; Seminars; Sunspace; Discussion; Coursework x x x x x x x Law Case Studies Criminal Justice LAW345 Option Lectures; Seminars; Sunspace; Discussion; Coursework and Viva examination X X X X X X X
12 How does research influence the programme? The Law team aim to promote academic debate within the area of law as broadly conceived, although the team has particular expertise in Criminal Law, Public Law, Human Rights Law, Counter-Terrorism Law, Family Law, Sports Law, and Space Law. Most members of the law team are active researchers that regularly present and publish papers. Dr Christopher J Newman has worked as a Detective in the Metropolitan Police and as a Trainee Solicitor. Chris has published articles on public order, policing and the constitutional and human rights implication of legislation designed to regulate protest. In addition to this Chris is currently researching issues relating to the military exploitation of space, the increasingly commercialization of space and the potential role of the criminal law in issues relating to space exploration. His research is directly relevant to his teaching in Constitutional Law, Public Law, Organized Crime and Terrorism and Space Law. Ashley Lowerson is a post-graduate Teaching Assistant studying for a Ph.D. Her research interest is in Sports Law. Zach Leggett is also studying towards his PhD and is researching child exploitation online. Peter Minto uses the experience gained over 23 years sitting on the bench as a senior JP in the Magistrates and Crown Courts to keep him up to date on criminal court procedures and sentencing. In addition, he is heavily involved in promoting Paralegals as a third arm of the legal profession, using his knowledge and expertise to oversee the Paralegal programme (run in conjunction with the National Association of Licensed Paralegals) the University offers alongside the LLB. As a direct result of his work in this area he was granted the degree of Doctor of Laws (hc) in Chris Baldwin s research interest is criminal vetting; principally the mechanisms provided to allow for criminal record disclosure certificates and the impact of these. He had published articles criticising judicial interpretation of the vetting legislative framework as well as policy makers. This research enhances the student learning in the Criminal Law and Procedure. His experience as an After-the-Event risk manager and in Personal Injury law informs the teaching, learning and assessment in Industrial Disease and Personal Injury Law and Practical Contract Law. Dr Ben Middleton s PHD and further research in counter-terrorism and human rights directly informs his teaching in Public Law and the Law of the European Union and Organised Crime and Terrorism. Ben has published articles examining the constitutional oversight mechanisms that apply to counter-terrorism law, including research on control orders, terrorism detention, and deportation of terrorist suspects. Amy Purvis research is primarily socio-legal in nature and is focused around family law and children s rights. This underpins her teaching of Family Law and Medical Law. Amy is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars and she is a convenor for the Family Law section of this society. Fiona Cartwright specialises in animal rights and Paul Drury has a Master of Laws from Newcastle University and is writing a textbook on European Law. EMPLOYABILITY How will the programme prepare me for employment? The LL.B programme gives you the opportunity to develop skills which you will be able to utilise in legal practice. Some skills are more specific than others to the subject area, or to a particular type of activity, but all skills can be applied in a range of employment situations, sometimes in quite unexpected ways. One of the fundamental aims of the programme is to prepare students for a range of career opportunities including, although not exclusively, the academic stage of training for a career with the legal professions. The knowledge outcomes of the programmes are clearly law related and thus provide you with the necessary subject knowledge to progress into careers within the legal profession or those that are law related. The programme also encourages, and provides opportunities within and outwith the curriculum, for the development of key transferable employability skills; abilities to research, to present information and communicate orally and in writing, to work independently and as a member of a team, to reflect on one s own performance