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Assessment Information

This assignment is an individual assignment.

This assignment requires you to complete three tasks. You must submit all three tasks in order and in one single document.

Beaverbrook and Sons Ltd is a leading law firm in the city of Nightsville that specialises in helping local residents settle disputes, occasionally on a pro bono basis. The firm also dedicates substantial time and resources to research and education by publishing short, accessible and informative reviews and summaries on recent cases, legal issues, and reviews of legal textbooks free of charge for the benefit of the general public and students aspiring to start their law degree. The firm is offering 10 summer scheme placements to students who are currently studying in the second year of their law degree at Coventry University. The successful applicants will be working in the firm’s research and education department on contemporary issues and recent legal developments. They will also be assisting solicitors, barristers, legal executives and paralegals with their daily activities.

The ten places are to be awarded to the top ten applications for the post which best address the tasks outlined in the instructions below.

The following instructions are provided in the offer:

‘The 10 places will be offered to the most interesting, incisive and well-written applications which address the questions and the tasks outlined below. The cover letter should be detailed, well-presented and honest, the answers to the motivation questions should be specific and reflective, and the case summary must be written in an appropriate professional style, employing appropriate legal language, sources and proper referencing. The case summary must also include a brief reading list at the end. The reading list should provide both specific and general reading with their accurate citations. The textbook review must be critical and reflective and highlight how the text developed and enhanced their legal knowledge’

To apply for the post please:

  1. Construct a cover letter, outlining your interest and suitability for the role. Your cover letter should provide evidence that you have the attributes that the advert has identified and it should persuade the firm that you are worth considering for this fantastic opportunity. Your cover letter should be addressed to Mrs J. Beaverbrook, Beaverbrook and Sons Ltd, 6 Phoenix Street, Nightsville, P12 KAY

In support of your application, also answer the following motivation questions relating to your academic and other experiences on your law degree so far:

• If you were required to submit a CV to the firm, which skills have you learned on your law degree would you emphasise in your CV and why?
• What is your weakest legal skill and how do you think this may affect your employability? How do you intend to remedy this?
• Which subject are you most looking forward to studying in your second semester, or in your final year and why?
(Maximum word count 750 words).
NB – Whilst you are not required to submit a CV, it will be helpful for you to think of the types of skills and achievements you would normally be expected to include in a CV.

  1. Write a short review of an academic article which covers a recent legal issue in any area of law. The review should identify what the issue is; the key arguments put forward in the article and your own evaluation/analysis of the key points.
    OR
    Write a review of a textbook which you have used on any modules in your first year. Identifying what was useful or not useful about the text and why. The review should outline how the textbook helped you develop your understanding of the subject matter.
    (Maximum word count 400 words).
  2. In 600 words compile a case commentary for the firms online blog on any recent case (within the past two years); explaining the facts, decision and ratio of that case and why it is important that the general public learns about that case. The case summary must also include a brief reading list at the end, suggesting both general and extra reading with accurate citations . Your tutor may suggest some specific cases to you, or you will agree on a case with the prior approval of your tutor before you can use it.
    (Maximum word count 600 words)
    You must submit all three tasks in order in one single document.

Criteria for Assessment

You will be expected to display the general legal skills outlined in your student handbook and marks may be deducted for failure to do so. In particular a student will be rewarded, or penalised, for the use, or non-use, of the following skills:

• Clear and coherent writing style; specifically in addressing both an academic and professional audience
• Ability to address and answer the issues that are raised in the assessment tasks;
• Appropriate use of references and citations, where necessary;
• Ability to recognise and explain relevant concepts;
• Ability to analyse and apply relevant law and legal arguments in coming to conclusions

This assignment is designed to assess learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to research and reflect on the law at an appropriately enhanced level;
  2. Refine and enhance their academic, professional and writing and legal referencing skills taught in year 1;
  3. Reflect critically and creatively on their learning and research;
  4. Identify future career paths and skills required for their chosen career path;
  5. Draft a professional CV and covering letter, employing existing and enhanced writing skills, and to prepare relevant quality presentations required at interview.

Word Count
The word count is 1,750 words.

There will be a penalty of a deduction of 10% of the mark (after internal moderation) for work exceeding the word limit by 10% or more.

The word limit includes quotations and citations, but excludes the references list.

How to submit your assessment

The assessment must be submitted by 18:00 on 25th of November 2020. No paper copies are required. You can access the submission link through the module web.

• Your coursework will be given a zero mark if you do not submit a copy through Turnitin. Please take care to ensure that you have fully submitted your work.
• Please ensure that you have submitted your work using the correct file format, unreadable files will receive a mark of zero. The Faculty accepts Microsoft Office and PDF documents, unless otherwise advised by the module leader.
• All work submitted after the submission deadline without a valid and approved reason (see below) will be given a mark of zero.
• The University wants you to do your best. However we know that sometimes events happen which mean that you can’t submit your coursework by the deadline – these events should be beyond your control and not easy to predict. If this happens, you can apply for an extension to your deadline for up to two weeks, or if you need longer, you can apply for a deferral, which takes you to the next assessment period (for example, to the resit period following the main Assessment Boards). You must apply before the deadline.
You will find information about the process and what is or is not considered to be an event beyond your control at https://share.coventry.ac.uk/students/Registry/Pages/Deferrals-and-Extension.aspx
• Students MUST keep a copy and/or an electronic file of their assignment.
• Checks will be made on your work using anti-plagiarism software and approved plagiarism checking websites.

GUIDELINES AND BACKGROUND TO THIS ASSIGNMENT

Plagiarism

As part of your study you will be involved in carrying out research and using this when writing up your coursework. It is important that you correctly acknowledge someone else’s writing, thoughts or ideas and that you do not attempt to pass this off as your own work. Doing so is known as plagiarism. It is not acceptable to copy from another source without acknowledging that it is someone else’s writing or thinking. This includes using paraphrasing as well as direct quotations. You are expected to correctly cite and reference the works of others. The Centre for Academic Writing provides documents to help you get this right. If you are unsure, please visit www.coventry.ac.uk/caw. You can also check your understanding of academic conduct by completing the Good Academic Practice quiz available.

Self-plagiarism or reuse of work previously submitted
You must not submit work for assessment that you have already submitted (partially or in full), either for your current course or for another qualification of this and any other university, unless this is specifically provided for in your assignment brief or specific course or module information. Where earlier work by you is citable, ie. it has already been published/submitted, you must reference it clearly. Identical pieces of work submitted concurrently will also be considered to be self-plagiarism. Self-plagiarism is unacceptable because you cannot gain credit for the same work twice.

The University VLE includes a plagiarism detection system and assessors are experienced enough to recognise plagiarism when it occurs. Copying another student’s work, using previous work of your own or copying large sections from a book or the internet are examples of plagiarism and carry serious consequences. If you are a business student and joined Coventry University in September 2020 or later please use APA 7th edition referencing, if you joined prior to this date you may use APA or the existing Harvard Reference Style (Coventry version) that you are familiar with. Law students should use OSCOLA. Please be consistent in the referencing style that you use and use it correctly to avoid a case of plagiarism or cheating being brought. If you are unsure, please contact the Centre for Academic Writing, your Progress Coach or a member of the course team.

Return of Marked Work

You can expect to have marked work returned to you in 15 working days. If for any reason there is a delay you will be kept informed. Marks and feedback will be provided online. As always, marks will have been internally moderated only, and will therefore be provisional; your mark will be formally agreed later in the year once the external examiner has completed his / her review.

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