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Dispute Resolution - LAW00054M

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  • Department: The York Law School
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Scott Slorach
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This module will develop students' knowledge, skills and professionalism in the field of providing legal advice in contentious civil and criminal law matters.

This module is one of six integrated modules that make up the first phase (120 credits over two terms) of the LLM in Professional Practice (Corporate Commercial). Within this programme, students will provide legal advice on more than one area of law to corporate commercial clients in the context of individual simulated transactions and matters.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

The aim of the module is to develop students' knowledge, skills and professionalism in the field of providing legal advice in the context of civil law claims and criminal law matters. This will include the practise of a range of technical legal skills, and application of understanding of the regulatory framework within which solicitors provide legal advice, their professional ethics, and understanding of clients' interests. The knowledge, skills and professionalism gained from the programme are designed to align with competencies required by solicitors in practice.

Module learning outcomes

advise clients and progress matters on their behalf, in compliance with law and relevant procedure

analyse client instructions and supporting legal and factual documentation, to identify legal and practical issues

apply understanding of professional, personal and commercial issues, and critical reasoning, to resolve client problems and develop solutions aligned with client interests

practise and demonstrate the application of a range of technical legal skills, including oral and written communication, in the context of advising on litigation matters

evaluate commercial, financial, political and policy perspectives applicable to the progression of client matters in accordance with their instructions

work independently and collaboratively to manage and progress client litigation matters

reflect on learning gained through advising on litigation matters, and identify areas for further development

Module content

The module content will comprise a civil dispute and a criminal law matter. Students will also exercise litigation skills in the context of an employment matter, integrated with the linked Commercial module on this programme.


Task Length % of module mark
Reflective Learning Portfolio
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

The reflective learning portfolio will require students to demonstrate, using evidence from litigation matter outputs, and a reflective learning journal, how they have met the module learning outcomes. The feedback provided on individual outputs will be formative in nature.


Task Length % of module mark
Reflective Learning Portfolio
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive regular individual feedback from their supervisor on the outputs created in the context of the simulated client transactions and matters on which they will work throughout the module. Feedback on the final submissions for assessment will be provided in week 5 of Summer Term.

Indicative reading

Due to the PBL nature of this module, there are no set key texts.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.