LLB Law and French learning and assessment
The study of law involves much more than learning legal principles and rules.
A central aim of LLB Law and French is to develop the traditional skill of 'thinking like a lawyer'. However, we recognise that to understand, use and apply the law involves the development of many transferable intellectual skills.
We promote expertise in analysis, synthesis, logical argument, research techniques and methodology, organisation of information, and oral and written presentation of materials throughout the degree programme.
A broader contextual approach, where we examine the law as a social institution and in its relationship with the real world, also complements our legal programme.
LLB Law and French is demanding: you need to be both enthusiastic and dedicated to your studies. You will do much of your preparatory work independently, and there is a large amount of reading and information to assimilate.
While we provide learning support through an induction week for new students and subject tutors offers structured guidance about study skills, LLB Law and French is geared towards the self-motivated and independent learner. You will also carry out a substantial piece of independent research in your final year.
The Law Library within the Brotherton Library is integral to the working life of both students and staff in the School of Law with over fifty thousand volumes, and extensive holdings covering Commonwealth, American and European Law as well as English law.
The library offers further support through electronic access to legal materials through networked databases, journals and the internet; the library has plenty of workspace and includes large computer clusters.
Teaching methods in Law
Students learn through traditional methods such as lectures, tutorials and seminars. This face-to-face learning is supported through materials and exercises available on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Students acquire a plethora of skills during their learning, such as communication skills, problem-solving, independent thinking and research skills.
Assessment in Law
The School assesses some modules by examination only and, increasingly, some by coursework alone.
Where we assess a module by examination and coursework, the proportions of marks for each component of assessment may vary from subject to subject, but the standard pattern is for 25 percent of the marks to be allocated to course-work, and 75 per cent to the examination.
A number of modules have a component of assessment derived from a group work and individual project work. Assessment of oral participation and presentation in seminars is a further feature in some modules.
Teaching methods in the French language
The French department delivers learning through lectures, weekly language classes, oral classes and "travaux pratiques": classes with a native speaker where you will improve your oral and aural skills through presentations, debates and role-play.
Assessment during your Study Abroad year
LLB Law and French is a course that includes a study year in France in your third year where you study law at one of the University of Leeds partner institutions.
During this period, you will study courses at the French partner institution, and also complete a dossier and learning journal for evaluation by the Law School and the French Department.
The Library website also provides easy access to electronic resources, which include databases, journals, books and archives.
The University has over 35 IT computer clusters, six of which are open 24 hours a day.