module specification

LL6055 - Civil Litigation Practice (2014/15)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2014/15
Module title Civil Litigation Practice
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   1,500 Word problem based question (Civil Litigation 40%); Appendices (Client Care 10%)
Seen Examination 50%   Examination comprising a pre-seen case study; researched seen question and two out of four unseen questions in a section
Running in 2014/15 No instances running in the year

Module summary

Civil Litigation Practice is a combination of Civil Litigation and Client Care Skills.  It is a 15 week module providing students with an understanding of client care skills and civil litigation in a legal practice context.  Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination. The module will be of interest to all students who wish to practice civil litigation in a legal environment; or gain an exemption from ILEX Fast Track Graduate Diploma.  

Module aims

The module aims to:
Examine the features that give rise to civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution pathways;
Consider the structure of the civil courts and their jurisdiction;
Examine methods of funding civil proceedings;
Explore the initial stages of civil proceedings, events that may terminate proceedings,  the track allocation system, trial procedures, settlements and  interim payments;
Provide a detailed  knowledge of civil remedies, court orders, judgments and appeals;
Explore interviewing, negotiation and written skills; and consider professional conduct rules and client care in a legal practice context


The syllabus includes introduction and awareness of civil and criminal litigation practice and professional client care skills needed to practice law

Learning and teaching

The module is taught by lectures, seminars and workshops with students required to read from specified materials.  There is a logical progression through both a civil action.  Students are given the opportunity to discuss theoretical issues as well as practical problem solving.  Students are supported in undertaking on-line research using electronic legal databases and encouraged to use Westlaw. There is a virtual learning environment (VLE) containing handbooks, lecture notes, weblinks, discussion groups, specimen assessments, study skills materials and assessment criteria.  Blended learning and client care communication skills pervades the delivery of the module and is actively encouraged as students engage with digital materials, use on-line discussion groups (blogs) and achieve a competent  standard of digital literacy during their studies.
One formative assessment is set and marked promptly with opportunities for feedback both in class and individually.

Knowledge of the topics covered will enhance students’ employability within the legal profession.
Students’ study responsibilities are to attend all classes, research and prepare for seminar and workshop discussion and role play, engage in interactive IT related activities and to undertake all formative and final assessments.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Identify issues relevant to a civil cause of action; select a method of dispute resolution; practice legal negotiation and interviewing skills;
2. Describe the jurisdiction of the civil courts; and apply to a legal situation
3. Analyse and explain current pre-action protocols, initial stages of civil proceedings and the track allocation system; advise a client in writing;
4. Explain the key steps made in the progress of a civil matter to trial; offers of settlement, interim payments and remedies;
5. Analyse and apply a given legal situation on civil trial procedure, court orders and judgments; and the procedure of appeal and costs;
6. Offer practical advice and assistance in relation to a civil litigation action;
7.  Synthesise relevant case law, statute and professional conduct rules, understand and present conflicting arguments and apply the law to problem scenarios relevant to aspects of civil and criminal litigation practice; and
8.  Display competence in the benchmark skills outcomes of subject knowledge & understanding, application & problem solving and analysis, synthesis, critical judgement & evaluation.


Assessment strategy

The learning outcomes will be examined each year by a problem based coursework, including a client care portfolio and a two and a half hour examination.  The coursework will be 1,500 words plus Appendices. The examination will comprise of a pre-released case study,  one researched seen question plus two out of four unseen questions from a sectionalised examination paper. The coursework will be worth 50% of the overall module mark and the examination 50%. 


Indicative bibliography and key on-line resources – for full details see section D in Module Booklet

L6 Client Care Skills, Edited by [                   ]ILEX Tutorial College Limited
L6 Civil Litigation, Edited by [                         ] ILEX Tutorial College Limited

The Civil Procedure Rules  1998 No. 3132 (L. 17)

Westlaw and Lexis Nexis databases

The Civil Procedure Rules:
Solicitors Handbook (Code of Conduct):