English Law Studies (ELS) Course Programme

                                                                                                                     PRACTICE SKILLS

Alongside the ‘black-letter’ law you will be learning, together with professional conduct, accounts and office practice, you will also be practicing numerous “SKILLS”

These are the skills which will help you obtain best results in the practical day-to-day application of your legal knowledge. They are sometimes called ‘transferable skills’ because you will be able to put many of them to good use in any professional or social environment that you become involved in after leaving university. Your Practice Skills’ are developed progressively at each Level of the ELS Course. In particular, you will practice:

1.            Thinking in a logical way

2.            Researching, cross checking information and preparation

3.            Handling large quantities of information

4.            Critically analysing information

5.            Working under pressure

6.            Working in teams

7.            Multi-tasking

8.            Assessing and valuating the risk involved in transactions, policies, proposed solutions

9.            Housekeeping: filing documents, attendance notes, compiling case bundles

10.         ATL (Applied Technology in Law)

11.          Solving legal problems: 

– identifying relevant facts

– recognising the legal issues that the facts give rise to

– researching the rules of law to be applied to the legal issues

– applying the rules of law to the facts

– proposing a solution.

– predictive analysis and legal knowledge engineering

12.          Communicating orally:

-thinking before speaking – what am I going to say and how am I going to say it

– explaining matters in a logical and comprehensible way

– using appropriate terminology

– giving legal advice; explaining points of law, weighing odds and drawing conclusions

– empathising and counseling

– negotiating

– persuading (ethos, pathos, logos)

– arguing a point

– interviewing

– making public presentations

– advocacy: presenting a case, opening and closing speeches

– examination-in-chief and cross-examination

13.          Communicating in writing:

– letters (all types), emails, memoranda and attendance notes (style and content)

– briefs to counsel, case briefs

– retainers and conditions of service

– legal opinions

– applications

– opening and closing speeches

– drafting contracts

– numbering, formatting and presentation of written material

– referencing

– court forms (familiarity with and accuracy)

14.          Marketing Business Development

                – publicity

                – advertising

                – networking

                – reputation

                – Defining objectives and business strategy

                – Generating business

15.          Observing ‘good practice’

                – being punctual

                – acknowledging receipt of correspondence

                – keeping people informed

                – being polite, patient and respectful

                – knowing how and when to apologise and/or admit being wrong

                – showing gratitude

                – making friends, not enemies


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