Teaching is delivered in two main styles: lectures and small group tutorials.
With two lectures in each module per week and a tutorial once a fortnight, you will have approximately 12 contact hours each week.
Lectures will provide you with the framework for each subject, whereas your tutorials will be an opportunity for you to engage with the subjects in more depth. Tutorials are held in small groups of 8 or 9 students, enabling you to participate fully and have your voice heard. In these group sessions, you will discuss the answers to pre-set questions, developing your critical thinking skills and learning how to confidently articulate your arguments. As the groups are small, you will receive close attention from your tutors and get to know them well during your studies.
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/coursework, exams and multiple choice question papers. Professional legal writing - for example, writing a letter of advice to a client - is also built into our curriculum and you will start developing these practical skills from your very first year with us.
You will be taught mainly through lectures and seminars but will also experience working in small groups where you will take part in debates and simulation exercises. This will give you the opportunity to engage in discussion about key issues with other students.
Teaching is led by our team of academics who are involved in cutting-edge research. You will learn in an intellectually stimulating environment with academics who share with you the latest ways of thinking.
You will have access to a range of online materials and resources through our virtual learning environment to support your learning.
We believe in the importance of developing valuable transferrable skills while you study with us and this is reflected in our teaching. Our courses are designed to improve your skills in written communication (from short reports to a long dissertation), oral presentation (both formal and informal), team work, independent learning (e.g. information gathering and time management) and problem solving.
Assessment methods include assessed essays and 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.
Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.
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.