1. To provide students with the opportunity to study an area of law and justice in depth through experiential and enquiry based learning by assisting solicitor to proved legal advice to members of the public. These opportunities will be provided through the following activities:
a. Researching law and procedure relevant to the client’s problems will develop their ability to identify issues which require researching and their ability to retrieve and evaluate accurate, current and relevant information from a range of appropriate sources.
b. Drafting a letter of advice to a client (and any other documents necessary to progress the client’s case, for example forms for court, or letters of complaint,) will develop their ability to explain legal and procedural rules, apply rules clearly and succinctly in order to offer a reasoned choice/conclusion.
c. Analysis of client cases will develop their ability to engage in critical analysis, synthesise relevant doctrinal, theoretical and policy issues and develop understanding of the principles and values of law and justice in context.
2. To provide students with the opportunity to engage with their own personal, professional and academic development through reflection, collaborative working, research and self-directed learning. These opportunities will be provided through the following activities:
a. Engaging in exercises to identify their own strengths and weaknesses, in order to set personal targets for their own development during the module and to produce a reflective journal.
b. Working collaboratively in teams or “firms” throughout the module will develop skills including team-work, self-management, problem-solving and professionalism.
c. Working on client cases will develop legal skills such as drafting, file-management, client interviewing and professional conduct.
d. Participating in weekly firm supervisions with regular peer-feedback and supervisor feedback which will develop self management, including ability to reflect on their own learning, make effective use of feedback, willingness to acknowledge and correct errors.
e. Participating in weekly practical workshops with regular oral presentations will develop students’ abilities to communicate both orally and in writing in relation to legal matters, including an ability to listen and respond to written and oral stimuli.