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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introducing Law
Module Code LG142
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Semester 2: Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Autumn: Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Module TeachersJames Gallen
Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Repeat quiz, alternative case upon which to write the essay/casenote, requirement to submit a video presentation as is relevant

: This module introduces students to important legal concepts and guides students on how to find, use, and understand key legal sources. The module equips students with important research skills that are fundamental in conducting legal research. It also focuses on developing essential transferable skills that will enable students to write, cite, and present legal arguments with clarity. On completion of the course, students will be equipped with essential research skills and be aware of the main foundations and features of both the common law legal system and the basic principles of Irish Law.

Learning Outcomes

1. Reference work according to strict academic standards
2. Describe, and explain foundational concepts in Law
3. Put forward an argument and use evidence to defend it
4. Analyse and evaluate others' arguments
5. Apply knowledge to a novel puzzle, and in so doing create new knowledge
6. Gather and apply data to questions in law

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture10No Description
Tutorial10No Description
Assignment Completion36No Description
Directed learning10No Description
Independent Study184No Description
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Substantive Material
1. Law and Morality 2. Law and Justice 3. Sources of Law 4. Hierarchy of Courts 5. Precedent 6. Legislative Process 7. Legislative Interpretation 8. The EU 9. International Legal Organisations 10. Legal Professions

Skills Material
1. Case brief 2. Citations – OSCOLA 3. How to write an essay? 4. How to write a problem question? 5. How to use JustisOne 6. How to prepare for a presentation 7. Engaging with academic work

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group presentationStudents are paired randomly within their tutorial group at the outset of the module. At the beginning of each tutorial one group presents a discussion of a court case that is currently reported in the press. They follow this presentation with a short 150 words reflection in a journal entry on Loop. Students will not receive a grade for this, but it is based on pass/ fail. To pass they need to have arrive prepared at the tutorial to present their case and submit the written5%n/a
Completion of online activityEach week, students are set six tasks they must complete. This includes watching lectures, attending workshops (when relevant), reading the assigned reading, preparing responses to tutorial questions, posting 100 words in the journal in response to the tutorial questions and participating in the tutorial. They will be awarded 1% per week for successful completion of these tasks.10%n/a
Loop QuizStudents must complete an online quiz focused on correct use of the OSCOLA citation system25%n/a
EssayStudents must complete a 1000 word essay casenote on an assigned case.60%Week 6
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Tanya Ní Mhuirthile, Catherine O’Sullivan and Liam Thornton: 2016, Fundamentals of the Irish Legal System: Law Policy and Politics, 1, Thomson Roundhall, Dublin,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BAJLBachelor of Arts (BAJL)
BAJPBachelor of Arts (BAJP)
BCLBachelor of Civil Law (Law & Society)

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