Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Law in Action
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Reflective Journal  1500 Words  40%
Semester Assessment Written Essay  1500 Words  60%
Supplementary Assessment Reflective Journal  (1,500 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Written Essay  (1,500 words)  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Identify, explain and analyse basic aspects of the operation of the law.

2. Demonstrate a good understanding of the theories, concepts and principles underlying the functioning of the broader legal system within a contemporary context.

3. Utilize and apply appropriate skills to analyse the wide and diverse influences on the legal system.

4. Assess and evaluate current legal problems from a societal perspective.

5. Evaluate specific aspects of the legal system in terms of equitable application of justice.

Brief description

Law in Action will provide a comprehensive and interactive overview of how law actually functions in society, by addressing its application in contemporary issues and events.

The objective is to enable students to appreciate the pervasive role of law in all areas of human activity and interaction, thereby equipping them with a more practical and wider perspective on the reach and complexity of the legal system.

The module will also serve as a platform for career awareness and advice, including guest speakers and visiting legal professionals.

Academic skills will be integrated with practical activities, enhancing the overall level of academic competence necessary for Level 2, in particular critical thinking and legal analysis.

The module will enhance critical thinking and legal analysis ability.


​The module aims to enhance training in legal skills (following on from semester one) in a wider and more practice-orientated manner.

The focus will be on creating awareness of the different aspects of ‘Law in Action’. This will include court visits and guest lectures by legal professionals.

Critical skills will be enhanced by focusing, among other topics, on law reform and the role of civil society.

The underlying rationale of the module is to foster awareness amongst students of the crucial role law plays in all aspects of human activity and, to that end, the content of the course will and should vary from year to year because of changing events. However, there will be core commonalities which are designed to ensure the inherent integrity of the module, as well as continuity. The following topics will be included:

1. Taster lectures on a wide range of topics – this is very beneficial for students in order to make informed choices in second and third year and to enhance their general awareness off the depth and scope of the legal system.

2. Practical experiences, such as court visits. Such experiences will be used in order to acquire not only legal knowledge, but also to enhance and hone their general skills set

3. Contributions by external speakers on law careers on all levels

4. Informal moot court sessions will familiarize students with the relevant protocols of the court room as well as enhancing legal reasoning and analysis

5. Debating sessions to familiarize students on a range of current topics and to acquire relevant oratory skills

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Seminar discussions/activities develop individual and group presentation and oral argument
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar participation and essay writing develop different aspects of academic research, from understanding and referencing sources through the dissemination of ideas to others orally, and developing written communication skills.
Information Technology Library and research skills are fundamental to preparation for seminars and assessed work.
Personal Development and Career planning Recommended topic for all law students.
Problem solving Seminar discussion/preparation and debate.
Research skills Research and preparation for seminard and assessments.
Subject Specific Skills reading and understanding legal materials. The ability to analyze legal scenarios.
Team work Group activites and discussion.


This module is at CQFW Level 5