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Students will be expected to:

  • develop competence in using legal skills during the study of the nature of law, legal issues and the English legal system, and private and public areas of substantive law
  • demonstrate their ability to analyse a scenario by identifying the key facts from which legal issues arise
  • analyse, when formulating a legal argument, legislation by applying the rules and principles of statutory interpretation and analyse case law by applying the doctrine of precedent
  • in respect of each private and public area of substantive law they are required to study, to analyse, apply and evaluate the legal rules and principles of that area of law. Analysis and application must include the ability to identify and breakdown into constituent parts the relevant legal rules and principles for each area of law and apply those legal principles to a hypothetical scenario. Evaluation must require students to formulate a reasoned argument to support a particular proposition by reference to the relevant legal rules and principles that support that argument
  • construct clear, concise and logical legal arguments which are substantiated by legal authority, using appropriate legal terminology
  • construct a persuasive argument including instances where they have recognised that there are no clear legal precedents or conflicting precedents to solve a problem
  • analyse and critically evaluate legal issues by identifying different perspectives, being able to support their identification of the strongest viewpoint and demonstrating the ability to counter alternative viewpoints.