Students on this module must become members of the Kent Law Clinic, and work under Supervisors on ‘live’ cases for clients of the Clinic under the supervision of solicitors, or other experienced legal practitioners working alongside them. All Supervisors are members of the academic staff at Kent Law School. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of specific areas of English law and procedure, and some specific skills. Students are encouraged to view their clinical work as a means to an end – not just the acquisition of important legal skills but primarily a better understanding and critical analysis of law and of legal practice. The excellent opportunity which clinical work provides for active learning, and for studying the interface between theory and practice, is placed firmly in this context.
Students are expected to undertake from the second week of Autumn term onwards until the end of the Spring term, under supervision, the conduct of at least two substantial cases (or the equivalent), involving proceedings in courts or tribunals or other legal forums, or projects on an area of law of relevance to the objects of the Clinic. Students will normally work on cases rather than projects. A Supervisor will decide whether a student has undertaken two substantial cases (or the equivalent) for the purposes of this module.
This module appears in the following module collections.
20 hours Lectures; Seminars (or equivalent) 2-hours weekly for 20 weeks, further supervision as necessary for casework
Method of assessment
100% coursework consisting of Clinical work, critical reflection and a dissertation.
G Slapper & D Kelly The English Legal System (Cavendish, 11th ed, 2011-2012)
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
See the library reading list for this module (Medway)
On completion of the module students will have demonstrated through their conduct of supervised case and project work, oral presentation, reasoned argumentation and written work that they have gained (in relation to the case and project work undertaken):
- detailed and coherent knowledge of substantive law, procedure and practice in one or more fields of social welfare or public law;
- the ability to analyse complex and changing situations of dispute identifying appropriate legal and other resolution strategies and evaluating relevant ethical issues;
- the ability to reflect critically upon the operation of the law in practice, drawing upon legal practice, wide reading and original research;
- specific legal skills such as: legal research, interviewing, negotiating, legal drafting, advocacy, presentation, case-management, and the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a legal professional nature.
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Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
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