General Course Information
1.1 Course details
|Course name:||Legal Research and Writing I|
|Programme offered under:||LLB Programme|
|Designated research course:||Not applicable|
|Prerequisites / Co-requisites:||No|
|Course offered to non-law students:||No|
|Credit point value:||6 credits|
1.2 Course description
Legal Research and Writing I is a foundation skills course offered in the first semester of the first year. It introduces students to judgments, ordinances, and specific genres such as case notes and legal memoranda. As a practice-focused skills course, the lectures and tutorials work in tandem to help students develop the following inter-related skills, which are essential for the study of other law subjects and for future legal work:
- Legal analysis – to closely read and analyze common law judgements, to use and interpret legislation, and to identify legal issues from fact patterns.
- Research – to identify and locate appropriate cases, legislation, and secondary sources.
- Legal writing – to write succinctly and effectively, and to construct logical and persuasive arguments.
1.3 Course teachers
|Course convenor / tutor||Stephanie Biedermannfirstname.lastname@example.org||CCT 802||By email|
|Course tutor||Jack Chanemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Josiah Chanfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Kelly Chengemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Raymond Chufirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Simon Kwokemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Julie Lamfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Kevin Leungemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Alex Makfirstname.lastname@example.org||CCT 704||By email|
|Course tutor||Dickie Mokemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Ivan Suenfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Dixon Tseemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Natasha Trapla||ntrapla@@hku.hk||N/A||By email|
2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course
CLO 1 Identify legal issues from factual problems.
CLO 2 Use appropriate legal research methods to find relevant case law and legislation.
CLO 3 Conduct analysis and close reading of case law and legislation.
CLO 4 Demonstrate legal reasoning skills.
CLO 5 Use correct legal terminology in both written and oral arguments.
CLO 6 Demonstrate the correct use of English, including spelling, grammar, and syntax.
CLO 7 Express complex ideas clearly and concisely in writing.
2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/
2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course
|PLO A||PLO B||PLO C||PLO D||PLO E||PLO F|
3.1 Assessment Summary
|Assessment task||Due date||Weighting||Feedback method*||Course learning outcomes|
|Class contribution, participation in tutorials||ongoing||15%||1-5||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|Writing exercises / presentations||TBC||35%||1-5||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|Final assessment||TBC||50%||1-3||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)|
|1||A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle|
|2||Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle|
|3||Individual review meeting upon appointment|
|4||Group review meeting|
|5||In-class verbal feedback|
3.2 Assessment Detail
We will discuss each assessment area in more detail during class. Rubrics and additional guidelines will be available as assignments are distributed.
Final assessment will be in December 2023 (precise date TBA). Details will be announced via Moodle nearer the time.
Grading for assignments, in-class participation, and final assessment will follow the grading criteria issued by the Department of Law: https://course.law.hku.hk/content/uploads/2020/12/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf
3.3 Grading Criteria
Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf
4.1 Learning Activity Plan
|Lecture:||1 hour / week for 12 teaching weeks|
|Tutorial:||2 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks|
|Private study time:||9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks|
Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.
4.2 Details of Learning Activities
Details posted on Moodle, including course organizational information and schedule.
|Reading materials:||Reading materials are posted on Moodle|
|Recommended reading list:||TBA|
Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/