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ZUG1019 – Practical legal training

Undergraduate – Unit

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School

Business and Economics

Offered

South Africa

  • Second Semester 2017

15 Credits

Synopsis

The principal aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire and develop practical skills to become effective practitioners. Training is practice-orientated to ensure that students will be able to perform most tasks with minimal supervision once they have completed the module. Students are taught in a practical context in a simulated law firm environment with each students working for a ‘law firm’. Moot courts and practical work form the foundation of the training activities. Students exchange pleadings and draft the necessary papers in action and application proceedings. There are certain guidelines or procedural steps that a lawyer has to follow when handling a case. These steps are widely referred to as litigation processes. In this module you will learn more on these aspects in practice or your practical legal training. Students will also learn about the different players that exist in a court of law, the role of each player as well as how matters are argued in court.

Outcomes

  • Explain the importance of logic in making legal arguments.
  • Evaluate blended theory and practice (reflection and action).
  • Demonstrate effective study skills through the use of key educational concepts.
  • Critique applicable legal skills (reading legal texts, legal communication skills, basic litigation and oral advocacy skills and numeric skills).
  • Identify the various legal actors and their roles.
  • Practice deductive and inductive reasoning.
  • Describe problem-solving contexts and apply the legal skills to them.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Prerequisite

Civil procedure (ZUG1012)

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