General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW2017
Course name: Legal Research and Writing II
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: Legal Research and Writing I
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

Legal Research and Writing (‘LRW’) II is a foundation skills course offered in the second semester of the second year. It follows on the LRW I course offered in the first semester of the first year. While LRW I introduces students to basic legal research and writing skills, LRW II builds on those skills and concentrates on the development of more lawyerly skills including drafting and oral presentation skills.

LRW II is a skills-training course and has been certified as a communication intensive course. It emphasises maximum participation and how much you gain depends on how much you put in. The lectures and tutorials work in tandem to help students develop skills such as oral presentation, legal drafting, conducting research, problem solving, legal reasoning and persuasive arguments.

The skills that you acquire in this course will be useful to you throughout your legal study and your future career.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor / tutor Eva Tam esnt901@hku.hk CCT 514 By email
Course tutor Alex Mak makalex@hku.hk CCT 704 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Legal research and analysis skills: students will be able to identify and analyse the legal issues from factual problems, and to use appropriate legal research resources to look for relevant materials.

CLO 2 Legal drafting skills: students will be able to demonstrate correct use of plain English and the use of appropriate terminology in drafting simple legal documents, bulletins and/or memoranda, and to express complex ideas clearly and concisely in writing.

CLO 3 Oral presentation skills: students will be able to use their legal analysis skills to prepare for oral presentation (in groups and individually). In conducting oral presentation, students will demonstrate confidence and persuasiveness, logical and effective organisation of ideas, effective design and use of Powerpoint slides and/or handouts to support the presentation, as well as effective teamwork.

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



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class participation & assignments in tutorials N/A 20% 1, 2, 3
Oral submission assessment (Assessment 1) TBA 20% 1, 2, 3
Final take home written assignment (Assessment 2) TBA 60% 1, 2, 3
*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
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

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