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Course Overview

This compulsory course provides students from diverse legal and educational backgrounds with a common understanding of the core research, analytical, and writing skills which would be required to excel in LLM-Taught courses. It commences with a few lectures and progresses to working  in a workshop environment and finally to the submission of an individual assignment. It also incorporates elements such as library workshops 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 Constantinos Yiallourides

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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 10 - 13

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1000 word essay (100%)


If not passed, course must be retaken

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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