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, and is 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 beyond):
Legal analysis: the students will learn to closely read and analyse common law judgements; to use and interpret legislation; and to identify legal issues from fact-patterns.
Research: how to identify and locate appropriate cases and legislation, as well as secondary sources.
Legal writing: the students will learn to write succinctly and effectively, and construct logical and persuasive arguments.
1.3 Course teachers
|Course convenor / tutor||Eva Tamemail@example.com||CCT 514||By email|
|Course tutor||Jack Chanfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Josiah Chanemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Kelly Chengfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Raymond Chuemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Julie Lamfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Kevin Leung||Kevinlky@gmail.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Alex Makemail@example.com||CCT 704||By email|
|Course tutor||Dickie Mokfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Ivan Suenemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor||Natasha Traplafirstname.lastname@example.org||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 to find relevant case law and legislation.
CLO 3 Develop ability to close-read and analyse case law and legislation.
CLO 4 Develop 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 Able to express complex ideas in a clear and concise way 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 participation and assignments||TBA||20%||1, 2, 5||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|Final take home exam||TBA||80%||1, 2, 5||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
To be advised by course convenor(s).
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
To be advised by course convenor(s).
|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/