Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16
This level 3 course covers key aspects and challenges relating to the provision of pro bono publico (“for the public good”) legal advice by Scottish law students. It builds on voluntary activity already undertaken by students by encouraging them to reflect on those experiences and highlights legal, ethical and practical issues that may be faced as students and throughout legal practice. This course can only be taken by students who have a minimum of one year's voluntary work experience with the Aberdeen Law Project.
|Second Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
This level 3 course covers key aspects and challenges of pro bono legal advice in the Scottish context. The evolution of the profession as a whole, and the political matter of the legal aid budget will provide the legal backdrop in Scotland, but comparative study with jurisdictions such as England & Wales, the states of the United States of America and South Africa will be encouraged to set that Scottish backdrop in context.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: Students will prepare an evaluation of a case that they have been involved in, of approximately 2,000 words. Part 1 of this evaluation would be a short precis of the legal issues. Part 2 would be a self reflection piece (of no less than 1,000 words) to explain what the student might have done differently, what was a particular success, what experiences can be taken forward etc. This would count for 40% of the final mark.
Students will also prepare an essay with a word limit of 2,500 words. There would be a yearly rotation of essay questions, with a reading list provided for each question, and that would be largely self-study. This would count for 60% of the final mark.
Resit: 2,500 word essay only (ie no self-reflection exercise) on a different topic to the original essay.
Feedback will be provided on assessed work by the marker via MyAberdeen.