Teaching consists mainly of lectures and small group tutorials, with introductory subjects being workshop based. After completing the required reading, you have an opportunity to discuss the subject in more depth within a tutorial. Here you can debate the issues raised in the lectures with your tutor and other students, which may involve activities such as pair/group work, student presentations and debates. The tutorial is a good way to deepen understanding of the subject, as well as bringing it to life through critical reflection on the content of the law.
There are usually no more than eight students in each tutorial so you will benefit from having the opportunity to participate fully and to have your voice heard. You will have the chance to discuss your courses in depth with your tutor and to raise any questions that you might have. As the groups are small, you will get to know your tutors well during your studies.
With two lectures in each module per week and a tutorial once a fortnight, you will have approximately 12 contact hours a week whilst studying with us. The Law Degree is research based, so you will spend lots of time engaged in self study or working in study groups.
Assessment methods include assessed essays and exams.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supported by materials available on our virtual learning environment. During lectures, you will learn the foundational knowledge of each subject area before attending a seminar where you can explore the subject in more depth through discussion of key ideas with other students.
By accessing the virtual learning environment, you will learn interactively and at your own pace through podcasts, webinars, online discussion forums and audio/visual learning aids. We believe that by giving you the opportunity to be taught by us in a variety of ways, your learning experience and engagement with the subject will be enhanced.
Our team of staff are on-hand to help you with any problems you might have, whether it be through a meeting with your personal tutor about a personal matter, or a drop in session with a member of teaching staff about an academic concern.
We believe in the importance of developing transferable skills while you study with us and our assessment methods are designed to reflect this. You will be assessed mainly through exams, essays, reports and presentations, but you will also have the opportunity to engage in creative forms of assessment such as factsheets, blogs and briefing papers.
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
Typical workload hours for Leicester Law School courses in 2016/17:
Year 1: 19% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
Independent learning: 972 hours
Year 2: 15% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 180 hours
Independent learning: 1020 hours
Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.
Final year: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
Independent learning: 1,032 hours
While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.