As a solicitor, you have been asked by your manager to deliver a 30-minute professional development seminar for the new intake of trainee solicitors and paralegals on the topic of: ‘How to conduct an effective client interview’
Foundations in Legal Skills
As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit a Foundations in Legal Skills portfolio. Please refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on preparing and submitting assignments.
After completing the module you should be able to:
1. Identify and provide evidence of personal qualities and transferable skills necessary for employability and further study.
2. Use methods of enquiry to explore personal development opportunities and related issues.
3. Identify, retrieve and evaluate legal material for a given purpose and use such material appropriately.
4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate legal information in an appropriate form to a given scenario.
Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the module name, the submission deadline and a word count; the appendices if relevant; and a reference list in OSCOLA format. You should address all the elements of the assignment task listed below. Please note that tutors will use the assessment criteria set out below in assessing your work.
QLD Regulations require that unfair practice findings are referred to the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) and BSB (Bar Standards Board) and can prevent admission as a barrister or a solicitor. Take your referencing seriously. Do not risk your career.
Maximum word count: 3,000 words
Please note that exceeding the word count by over 10% will result in a reduction in grade by
the same percentage that the word count is exceeded.
You must not include your name in your submission because Arden University operates anonymous marking, which means that markers should not be aware of the identity of the student. However, please do not forget to include your STU number
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If you are re-sitting this assessment for the first time, you may re-work your original submission if you wish. However, if this is your third attempt at this assessment, you must submit a piece of work which is substantially different from your first two attempts.
Assignment Task - Portfolio
This assessment comprises of THREE tasks. You must complete all tasks. All tasks are weighted equally.
As a solicitor, you have been asked by your manager to deliver a 30-minute professional development seminar for the new intake of trainee solicitors and paralegals on the topic of:
‘How to conduct an effective client interview’
Prepare and submit a series of 12 PowerPoint slides which would underpin such a
presentation giving consideration to:
• the complexity of the subject matter and your target audience
• the amount of information and the time constraints
• the structure of your presentation
• correct referencing practice in relation to all sources
Produce an annotated bibliography of relevant sources (excluding case and statutory materials) for the following research problem:
Discuss the potential impact of the provisions contained in the Education and Skills Act 2008
You should construct a bibliography in the usual format but limit yourself to eight entries. Additionally, for each entry you should write a short paragraph explaining how you have evaluated the source and give reasons for its inclusion. It is likely that you will find more than eight sources on this subject but you should only include the ones that you consider to
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￼be the most useful. Try to find varied views and issues which have been raised about the new Act.
At least three of the entries must be drawn from freely accessible material on the internet (i.e. not taken from Westlaw or any other subscription service). Remember to state your reasons why such sources can be relied upon.
You should undertake the following on-line tutorial to help you assess the reliability of internet sources:
Task 3 – You must complete all parts of this task
• Prepare a CV as if you were applying for your ideal graduate position. Your CV should be no more than 3 sides of A4.
• Prepare a reflective statement (1 side of A4) which evaluates your personal development whilst participating in the SKILLs module. You may include references to knowledge and skillsacquired via other Level Four modules such as English Legal System if relevant.
• Produce a covering letter in support of an application for legal work experience or other relevant graduate placement.
You have the opportunity to submit a draft of your assessment to receive formative feedback.
The feedback is designed to help you develop your work and reach the next level. Formative feedback aids development in this and future modules. It helps you progress to becoming an independent learner.
Your work must be submitted by email to your tutor at least two weeks before the assessment submission. This is to allow time for you to reflect on the feedback and draft your final submission. Formative feedback requests submitted outside the above restrictions may not be fulfilled. Feedback will normally only be provided once.
As far as is reasonably practicable, formative feedback will be provided within seven days.
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