LAW07058 0000 Legal Professional: Skills for Practice

General Details

Full Title
Legal Professional: Skills for Practice
Transcript Title
Legal Professional: Skills
N/A %
Subject Area
LAW - Law
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
0000 - The Beginning of Time
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ruth Walsh, Breda McTaggart, Lorraine Murphy
Programme Membership
SG_GLAWB_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Business

The purpose of this module is to develop the practical, intellectual and transferrable skills acquired on this programme to prepare the learner for the challenges of working in a legal environment.  The learner will take their legal skills to a new level whereby they will acquire advanced practical legal skills through an introduction to a variety of teaching and learning styles including; problem-based learning, reflective learning and collaborative learning.  The learner will be given the opportunity to enhance their drafting, mediating, negotiating and interview skills.  The aim of the module is to give the learner an appreciation of how people working in the legal arena apply their skills in the workplace.  Having already covered the theoretical skills required, the learner will be given an insight into how the law works 'in practice'.  

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Appreciate the role of various legal professionals and investigate alternative legal career paths.


Demonstrate legal drafting skills through application of acquired knowledge from previous learning experience.


Explore negotiation and interview skills through practical workshops.


Participate in a mediation workshop in class and differentiate between other alternative dispute resolution options.


Examine the importance of Business Ethics through practical role play and case studies.


Illustrate a positive contribution to the learning and development of the learner's legal skills and those of others by regular attendance and active participation in the learning activities.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy is one which is founded on student-centred active learning. The module is designed to accommodate blended learning.  A range of Computer-Aided Learning (CALL) packages are available to support this module (e.g. Moodle, Adobe Connect, Panopto, Microsoft Teams).  The learner will be supported in developing advanced practical legal skills which can be transferred to a legal working environment.  The student will engage in practical workshops designed to enhance their practical skills throughout the semester. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by Continuous Assessment (50%) by way of Case Study, Presentation, Interview, Other during the semester and an end of semester Written Report  (50%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessments will be developed as appropriate to assess failed components.

Indicative Syllabus

(LO1: Appreciate the role of various legal professionals and investigate alternative legal career paths)

1. Introduction to the Legal Profession and alternative avenues of employment:

  • Examine the career paths to solicitor, barrister, legal executive, paralegal, legal secretary
  • Legal careers in the private/public sector

(LO2: Demonstrate legal drafting skills through application of acquired knowledge from previous learning experience)

2. Legal Drafting for Practice:

  • Case preparation, management and confidentiality
  • Drafting legal documentation
  • Completing forms in practice

(LO3: Explore negotiation and interview skills through practical workshops)

3. Introduction to Negotiation & Interview Skills:

  • Client interviewing and counselling
  • Negotiation skills
  • Practice of above skills in a group of peers through role-play

(LO4: Participate in a mediation workshop in class and differentiate between other alternative dispute resolution options)

4. Alternative Dispute Resolution:

  • Differentiate between alternative dispute resolution options
  • Mediation Act 2017

(LO5: Recognise the importance of Business Ethics through practical role play and case studies)

5.  Ethics in Practice:

  • The significance of the client-lawyer relationship in legal practice
  • Identify and apply the main ethical principles relating to the legal profession

(LO6: Demonstrate a positive contribution to the learning and development of the learner's legal skills and those of others by regular attendance and active participation in the learning activities - Combination of No. 1-5 above)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Each year the model of assessment for Continuous Assessment will be determined based on the learner audience and may vary from Case Study, Presentation, Interview, Other Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 50 % Week 8 1,2,3,6
2 Individual or group project, Essay, Report or Assignment Continuous Assessment Written Report 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Not Specified Tutorial / Presentation / Practical / Workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2020-05 Legal Systems and Skills
ISBN 9780198834328 ISBN-13 0198834322

The only text that fully combines coverage of legal systems with academic and professional legal skills. Coupled with the focus on employability and commercial awareness, Legal Systems & Skills is the essential contemporary toolkit for savvy law students.

Required Reading
2019-05-31 Legal Skills Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 9780198831273 ISBN-13 0198831277

The best-selling legal skills textbook in the market, Legal Skills is the essential guide for law students, encompassing all the academic and practical skills in one manageable volume. It is an ideal text for students new to law, helping them make the transition from secondary education and giving them the skills they need to succeed from the beginning of their degree, through exams and assessments and into their future career. The first part covers 'Sources of Law' and includes information on finding and using legislation, ensuring an understanding of where the law comes from and how to use it. The second part covers 'Academic Legal Skills' and provides advice on general study and writing skills. This part also includes a section on referencing and avoiding plagiarism amongst a number of other chapters designed to help students through the different stages of the law degree. The third and final part is dedicated to 'Practical Legal Skills'; a section designed to help develop transferable skills in areas such as presentations and negotiations that will be highly valued by future employers. The text contains many useful features designed to support a truly practical and self-reflective approach to legal skills including self-test questions, diagrams and practical activities. Students are given the opportunity to take a 'hands on' approach to tackling a variety of legal skills from using cases to negotiation. Each skill is firmly set in its wider academic and professional context to encourage an integrated approach to the learning of legal skills. Online resources -For lecturers, a bank of multiple choice questions and diagrams from the book -For students, answers to the self-test questions and practical exercises from the book and a glossary of all the keywords and terms used within the text. There is also an extensive range of videos with guidance on topics from what to expect from lectures and tutorials, how to research for essays and structure problem questions, to examples of good and bad practice in mooting and negotiations.

Recommended Reading
2017-04-20 Legal Systems and Skills Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780198785903 ISBN-13 0198785909

Legal Systems & Skills provides students with a practical guide to all the essential knowledge and skills they will need for their law degree and beyond. Divided into three core areas, it forms a foundation for legal studies and for graduate employment. Essential Legal Systems: Part I delivers a focused and practical guide to the purpose and application of law. Contemporary and holistic in approach, it covers all the essential topics in legal systems, considering social, moral, ethical, and jurisprudential perspectives. Taking learning further, it helps students to critically evaluate legal systems and their implications for individuals, businesses, and commerce. Essential Legal Skills: Part II demonstrates step-by-step approaches to acquiring and honing the skills needed for the academic study of law and professional practice. Numerous visual aids and learning features help students to become adept researchers, nimble problem-solvers, dexterous writers, and competent communicators. They will acquire the tools they need to analyse, evaluate, and apply the law, and to thrive in their future careers. Essential Employability and Commercial Awareness: Part III helps students to see how their knowledge and skills can be practically applied, in the legal world or outside of it. Students are encouraged to reflect on and actively improve their commercial awareness through case studies, and activities, aimed at helping them to develop the skills they will need to thrive in the world of work. Targeted coverage of employability, CV development, and transferrable skills helps students to approach their future careers with confidence and communicate their own competencies effectively. This book is the essential contemporary toolkit for savvy law students, enabling them to: Learn how law works; Develop the essential skills; and Apply them to succeed. This text is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre offering students the following stimulating resources: - Self-test questions - A library of web links that direct students to useful websites and relevant media - The authors' guidance to answering the thought-provoking questions in the book - Additional content providing guidance on effective teamwork, meetings and presentations - Regular updates in the law - Sample interview questions to help students identify which areas of commercial awareness they need to focus on

Recommended Reading
2013-03-28 Modern Legal Drafting Cambridge University Press
ISBN 9781107607675 ISBN-13 1107607671

This edition includes expanded material on the techniques for achieving a style that is both clear and legally sound. It also includes new material on the challenges and merits of drafting in plain language, and provides many before-and-after examples tohelp both practising lawyers and students develop key drafting skills. It takes a genuinely international approach, dealing with the principles for clear, effective legal drafting in all countries where English is the language of law. In doing so, it draws on case law and statutes from countries as diverse as England, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Ireland, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Recommended Reading
2018-11 Irish Company Secretary's Handbook Bloomsbury Professional
ISBN 1784517437 ISBN-13 9781784517434

Irish Company Secretary's Handbook examines the company secretarial requirements contained in the Companies Acts and relevant EU regulations. The book includes useful chapters on all areas of company secretarial practice, including annual returns, directors' and auditors' responsibilities as well as statutory disclosure requirements. It gives a clear explanation of the many day-to-day functions of a company secretary along with a large number of up-to-date precedents, practical checklists, step-by-step instructions and best practice guidelines.This practical title covers the wide range of developments that have recently affected company secretarial practice and procedure, most notably Companies Act 2014, the changes to the Criminal Justice legislation, and the introduction of GDPR.For ease of use a downloadable version of all precedents that appear in the book is provided.This is a 'must have' book for company secretaries and assistant company secretaries in company formation businesses, law firms and accountancy practices as well as for law students. Solicitors in private practice, in-house solicitors and accountants will also find this a useful resource.

Recommended Reading
2018-07-26 Mediation Law Bloomsbury Professional
ISBN 1780436912 ISBN-13 9781780436913

In September 2017 the Government passed the Mediation Act 2017. This Act sets out a statutory framework integrating mediation into the Irish civil justice system. The 2017 Act aims to promote mediation as a viable, effective and efficient alternative to court proceedings, thereby reducing legal costs, speeding up the resolution of disputes and reducing the stress and acrimony that often accompanies court proceedings. This new title focuses on the 2017 Act and takes the reader through it section by section, analysing the meaning and impact of each. In addition this is the first book in Ireland to draw together the law from many different disciplines and apply them to mediation. The relevance of the law of contract to mediation and the law relevant to family law mediations are particularly highlighted. The book also examines the law relevant to mediation in the context of the fundamental principles of mediation. The voluntary nature of mediation, the self determination of the parties, the neutrality and impartiality of the mediator and particularly the importance of confidentiality in the mediation process are therefore all explained in relation to the legal issues that arise as a consequence of their relevance to the mediation process. The book enables the reader to understand the relationship between the Mediation Act and the civil justice system with a detailed look at the relevant Rules of Court their interaction with the Act and application by the Courts. In European Union law the impact of the Directive on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters 2008 is referenced throughout the book. The book also examines a number of statutory procedures that fall outside the Mediation Act, giving a convenient, easily accessible description of the mediation processes under the following: Workplace Relations Act 2015 The Residential Tenancies Act 2004 The Disability Act 2005 The Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011 The Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 The Financial and Pensions Ombudsman Act 2017 Penelope McRedmond is a UK and US Lawyer and certified mediator. She taught constitutional law for a number of years in the UK and has recently been working as an independent researcher and writer while also lecturing on mediation at the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
Journal Resources

Commercial Law Practitioner - Roundhall

Hibernian Law Journal

Journal of Mediation and Applied Conflict Analysis - Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, Co Kildare, Ireland

Irish Business Law Review

Irish Law Times

Law Society Gazette

URL Resources

The Courts Service of Ireland:

Citizens Information:


Injuries Board Ireland:

Companies Registration Office:

Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement:

The Law Society of Ireland:

Kings Inn:

Irish Jobs:

Office of the Attorney General:

Law Reform Commission of Ireland:


Other Resources
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