Legal Methods

Legal Services

Unit Code
Level 4
Distance Learning
Class Room
Unit Code
Level 4
Distance Learning Fee
Face to Face Fee
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Total Fee £1600

£2360 (£1600 during the tuition waiver period)

Please see the Tuition Fee section to see if you are eligible for a scholarship.
Course Overview

This course will equip learners with the knowledge and understanding of the identification, interpretation and analysis of legal sources and materials. The acquired skills will enable the learner to apply the law to the facts of problems in any given legal area, to communicate clearly and persuasively and to reach satisfactory solutions to legal disputes.

Learners will explore fundamental principles and components of the English Legal System, the judiciary and the civil and criminal process and will gain an appreciation of how the main principles underpin all substantive and procedural areas of law.

Course Content


Understanding the Sources of Law

  • Introduction to the Nature and Sources of Law
  • Human Rights Act

The Legal Interpretation

  • The Principle of the Rule of Law
  • Jurisdiction and Hierarchy of Courts
  • Distinguishing between Binding, Non-Binding, and Persuasive Decisions
  • The Privy Council
  • The Interpretation of Case Law
  • Principles of Statutory interpretation

Understand the Structure of the Legal Profession, the Judiciary, the Jury and Magistrates

  • Structure of the Criminal and Civil Courts
  • Divisions of High Court
  • The Judiciary Appointment Process
  • Role of the Lord Chancellor in Appointments to the Supreme Court
  • Difference between a Judge and a Magistrate

The Civil and Criminal Justice System and the Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution

  • The Duty and Rights of the Police
  • The Role of Crown Prosecution Service
  • The Principles of Civil Justice System
  • Miscarriages of Justice: The Impact of Wrongful Imprisonment

Legal Writing and Mooting Skills

  • Bundle and how Important is Mooting
  • Legal Writing with the IRAC Method
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1.  Understand the sources of law

  1. Distinguish between primary, secondary and delegated legislations
  2. Explain the hierarchy within statutory sources and the case law
  3. Explain the impact of the Human Rights Act
  4. Explain the way in which organisational policies and procedures inform equality, diversity and inclusive practice

2.  Understand the principles of legal interpretation

  1. Explain the doctrine of judicial precedent
  2. Distinguish between binding, non-binding and persuasive decisions
  3. Illustrate the operation of literal Golden and purposive rules of statutory interpretation

3.  Understand the structure of the legal profession, the judiciary, the jury and magistrates

  1. Analyse the structure of the criminal and civil courts
  2. Analyse the role of the judiciary and judicial appointment process
  3. Analyse the function of the jury in criminal trials

4.  Understand the civil and criminal justice system and the alternative methods of dispute resolution

  1. Assess the duty and powers of the police
  2. Assess the role of the CrownProsecution Service
  3. Examine the latest reforms to the civil justice process

5.  Know how to use Legal Writing and Mooting Skills

  1. Explain the importance of a bundle in mooting exercises
  2. Analyse and apply relevant case and statutory provisions to a given scenario
  3. Present the arguments for the parties involved in a given mooting scenario
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
Assessment Marking Criteria


Citizens of the following countries are eligible for a 50% scholarship upon writing a personal statement. All scholarships are to be approved by the Academic Board. The list of countries are: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Bhutan, Morocco, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Laos, Cambodia, India, Nigeria, Ghana, Bangladesh, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal and South Africa. Please talk to your student counselor and ask for the Coupon Code to get the 50% Tuition Waiver.

  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in the cost of my programme?
  • All course material, including online modules and written assignments
  • Unlimited personal tutor support with online sessions
  • Dedicated student support
  • Access to an online community learning forums
  • Assignment marking and feedback
Am I eligible for this programme?

You are eligible if you meet our stipulated entry requirements.

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