LLAW1013

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW1013
Course name: Legal Research and Writing I
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: First
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: 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

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor / tutor Eva Tam esnt901@hku.hk CCT 514 By email
Course tutor Jack Chan chanykjack@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor Josiah Chan josiah@graduate.hku.hk N/A By email
Course tutor Kelly Cheng huikiu@connect.hku.hk N/A By email
Course tutor Raymond Chu rchu@bernacchichambers.com N/A By email
Course tutor Julie Lam julielam0603@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor Kevin Leung Kevinlky@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor Alex Mak makalex@hku.hk CCT 704 By email
Course tutor Dickie Mok ham-dick.mok@law.nyu.edu N/A By email
Course tutor Ivan Suen ivan.suen.27@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor Natasha Trapla ntrapla@gmail.com N/A By email

Learning Outcomes

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
CLO 1
CLO 2
CLO 3
CLO 4
CLO 5
CLO 6
CLO 7

Assessment(s)

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

Learning Activities

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).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/