Your law teaching will consist mainly of lectures and small group tutorials, with introductory subjects being workshop based. You will also engage in independent study. 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.
We use web-based and electronic course materials to supplement traditional teaching methods and support student learning. There is easy access to computers both in the Law School itself and in the David Wilson Library next to the School. You will be able to access information about your courses and tutorials electronically.
Assessment methods include assessed essays, unseen exams and MCQs (multiple choice questions).
You will benefit from small group teaching led by mostly native speakers in your modern languages studies. We strongly believe in the importance of communicative ability as well as linguistic accuracy and our teaching reflects the value we place in language skills.
We have an excellent range of facilities to enhance your learning, including our virtual learning environment where you can access online tutorials and exercises to learn interactively.
Assessment involves a combination of continuous assessment, seminar presentations, essays, and formal exams.
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: 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 936 hours
Year 2: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours
Year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.
Final year: 18% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
Independent learning: 984 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.