Academic Legal Writing
Academic Legal Writing is an optional course offered by UCL Laws to provide support and guidance on academic legal writing, coursework and research essay techniques and preparing for exams.
One of the key aspects of the course is the understanding assessment criteria and the requirements of an exam question. By analysing sample coursework and research essays, as well as completing weekly essays, you can develop the skills to assess what will earn a distinction, merit, pass or a fail.
The Academic Legal Writing course runs once a week during the first two terms of the LLM programme. In term one, you will take a theoretical look at academic legal writing and focus on improving the accuracy, clarity and coherence of your writing, as well as practice your skills by completing timed writing exercises each week. In term two, you’ll focus on preparing for exams, with weekly writing assignments based on your own LLM module assessments, and be able to find support for writing your independent research essay during term three.
The course will give you a good introduction to academic legal writing, and provides a comprehensive overview of the issues that you are likely to meet while preparing for, and writing your assignments through the LLM programme.