This course aims to encourage and inspire students to have an attitude of curiosity, critical thinking, analytical reasoning and innovative problem solving in the context of real-life problems within the common law legal system through strong legal research, analysis and writing skills.
A second core component of the course is to develop in students a strong working foundation in core skills such as the ability to conduct legal research, to find, interpret, analyse, and apply primary sources of law as well as to find, critically review, analyse, synthesize and use secondary sources of law in order to solve real-life problems. An important aspect of this component is to critically assess the theoretical and normative aspects of the common law system, both in terms of content and tradition and recommend ways in which law can be further reformed for the benefit of society.
A third core component of the course is to provide students an opportunity to translate the discovery of legal research and issues into tangible accomplishments in the form of case summaries, statutory interpretation analysis, constructing and presenting effective and reasonable solutions or new legal processes to solve real-life problems involving legal issues, and two significant mini-projects, one of which entails the integration of research, analysis, and reasoning into a written persuasive argument presented in a mini-moot and the second which integrates all the skills learned in the course to produce a predictive writing brief on behalf of a fictitious client.
Students will be introduced and allowed to practice a variety of critical legal skills used within the common law tradition, skills which provide ample opportunity to achieve these course aims and CILOs. Students will be required to present and debate their findings in the form of a mini-moot as well as to communicate their legal knowledge clearly and appropriately both orally and in writing, thus instilling in students a mindset of discovery and innovation that can be used throughout their academic and professional careers.