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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This course provides students from diverse legal and educational backgrounds with a common understanding of the core research, analytical, and writing skills which will be required for LLM-Taught courses. It begins with a series of lectures and progresses to working in a workshop environment and finally to the submission of an individual assignment. It also incorporates a library workshop to provide students with hands-on experience with the resources available for course and dissertation work.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 0 credits (0 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Eddy Wifa
  • Dr Erin Ferguson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme
  • One of Law (LS) or MSc Strategic Studies and International Law or MSc International Relations and International Law

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This foundational course is designed for both on-campus and distance-learning postgraduate students and consists of four substantive lectures (1. Intro to Legal Writing, 2. Critical Legal Research & Analysis, 3. Legal Argument Construction, 4. Plagiarism and Referencing) with several elements of interactive learning, such as quizzes, practical exercises, discussion groups and practical library tool sessions.

 Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students should therefore be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of legal research and writing techniques;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of critical analytical techniques in reading relevant materials;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of logical argument construction.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8 - 13

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments


Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Word Count 1000
Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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