Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities (IPSA):

You are required to submit a written report that takes an aspect of legal practice experience and critically examines the context in which this has occurred.
This assessment requires an academic analysis of the law and consideration as to whether it accurately reflects the reality of practice. This assessment provides an opportunity for you to engage in a legal analysis of the law in practice and bring your academic skills to bear on the practical work that you have conducted in the Student Law Office.
You may wish to look for academic points of law that you have encountered in real life and consider the extent to which your understanding of the law in this area fully addresses the reality of practice. You may wish to examine unexpected issues you encountered; the extent to which the practice of law differed from the account given in textbooks; the extent to which the law is shown to work effectively and equitably in real life; and/or whether there is a need for law reform.
Late submission of work
Where coursework is submitted without approval, after the published hand-in deadline, the following penalties will apply.
For coursework submitted up to 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline without approval, 10% of the total marks available for the assessment (i.e.100%) shall be deducted from the assessment mark.
For clarity: a late piece of work that would have scored 65%, 55% or 45% had it been handed in on time will be awarded 55%, 45% or 35% respectively as 10% of the total available marks will have been deducted.
The Penalty does not apply to Pass/Fail Modules, i.e. there will be no penalty for late submission if assessments on Pass/Fail are submitted up to 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline.
Coursework submitted more than 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline without approval will be regarded as not having been completed. A mark of zero will be awarded for the assessment.
For clarity: if the original hand-in time on working day A is 12noon the 24 hour late submission allowance will end at 12noon on working day B.
These provisions apply to all assessments, including those assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.
Word limits and penalties
The word limit for this assessment is stated above.
The University Word Limits Policy is available at:
Where a student exceeds the word limit by more than 10% the marker will stop reading when they judge that the word count exceeds the word limit by more than 10% i.e. for a 2500 word assignment, the marker will read only the first 2750 words and will indicate on the text where they stop reading. A mark will only be awarded for content up to this point.
The word limit includes the following: Text, Sub titles and sub-headings and in text citations e.g. (Smith, 2011). It does NOT include the bibliography or footnotes.
Your word count should be declared on the front page of your assignment.
Academic Misconduct
The Academic Regulations for Taught Awards (ARTA) states that students are expected to observe University regulations which define and proscribe cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct.
The University Academic Misconduct Procedure is set out in the Regulations and Procedures applying to cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct and is available at:
You are reminded that plagiarism, collusion and other forms of academic misconduct as referred to in the regulations and procedures are taken very seriously by the Law School. Assignments in which evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct is found may receive a mark of zero.
Mapping to Programme Goals and Objectives
This assessment will contribute directly to the following Level 6 programme outcomes:
1. Knowledge and Understanding (KU):
Students will be able to:
1. Recognise and apply some of the current theories and critical scholarship at the forefront of specialist subjects within the subject discipline.
X 2. Develop knowledge and understanding of how substantive law operates in the context of practice and recognise ambiguity and deal with uncertainty of the law in the practical context.
3. Develop a systematic and in depth knowledge and understanding of key aspects of substantive law areas and be able to demonstrate detailed and coherent understanding in that area.
2. Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities (IPSA):
Students will be able to:
1. Conduct enquiries both in a practice and substantive law context and understand the importance of evidence in the construction of arguments.
X 2. Communicate orally or in writing ideas, information problems and solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences and when required be able to respond to written or oral stimuli including questions and instructions.
X 3. Consolidate and apply knowledge and understanding to complex actual or hypothetical legal problems and to further extend understanding so as to find solutions and construct sustainable and evidenced arguments in the conduct of a legal case or project.
4. Conduct self-directed research including accurate identification of issues which require researching, retrieval and evaluation of accurate, current and relevant information from a range of appropriate sources including primary source.
3. Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural Awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
Students will be able to:
1. Exercise initiative, self-manage and exercise judgement in a professional and ethical manner and to reflect on their personal and professional development.
X 2. Display the attitudes and skills to engage and work constructively and sensitively in multicultural environments and teams
Module Specific Assessment Criteria
The following criteria by which your coursework will be assessed: –
 Knowledge & understanding
 Application of the law to the question
 Critical engagement/analysis
 Quality of argument
 Research
 Structure
 Clarity of expression and presentation
 Referencing and bibliography
There is guidance as to how these criteria will be used to determine your mark. At appendix A you will find a Marking Scheme which gives a description of the features that will determine which grade band your coursework will fall within for each criterion.

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