module specification

LL7P17 - Legal Practice Dissertation (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19, but may be subject to modification
Module title Legal Practice Dissertation
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 60
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Dissertation 100%   Project/Dissertation
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester City Thursday Afternoon
Autumn semester City Thursday Afternoon
Spring semester City Thursday Evening
Autumn semester City Thursday Evening

Module summary

Project/Dissertation: 12000-15000 words.

Prior learning requirements

A pass in LL7003 Legal Research Methodology

Module aims

1. To develop an awareness and understanding of developments within a specialist area of legal practice;
2. To apply academic understanding and research techniques to the analysis of law, policy and practice within the area of legal specialism;
3. To bring to such analysis originality, creativity and an awareness of the complexities of the inter-relationship between the academic principles of law, the wider policy and socio-economic context of the law and the implications for legal practice.


The student uses the Spring semester in which to research and write a dissertation, the proposal for which will have been part of the assessment for LL7003 Legal Research Methodology in the previous Autumn semester. The dissertation to be submitted at the end of August, usually three weeks before the start of the following academic year.

Learning and teaching

This is not a taught module. The student will conduct research and preparation of the dissertation under supervision.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will be able to:

1. Identify a developing or critical area of legal practice suitable for research;
2. Analyse particular aspects of the subject by use of academic and research methodology;
3. Evaluate the results of the research in a clear and meaningful way, identifying its relevance to legal practice;
4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate complex information in writing with clarity and accuracy through the production of a well-written, structured and fully referenced dissertation.

Assessment strategy

Dissertation 100%.