The Challenges and Benefits of Integrating Criminal Law, Litigation and Evidence

Adam Jackson, Kevin Kerrigan

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This chapter outlines the development of the Criminal law, Litigation and Evidence (CLE) module at Northumbria University, an ambitious attempt to integrate three related but distinct areas of law and procedure. The rationale for this module lay in a desire to provide students with a more holistic view of the criminal process so as to develop understanding of how the substantive legal rules operate in the wider context of the criminal justice system. The module was integrated in a structural sense by addressing Legal Practice Course (LPC) outcomes in addition to the Qualifying Law Degree foundation subject of criminal law and delivered by way of realistic scenarios out of which issues relating to the three elements of the module emerged. Workshops were designed to address each element in an integrated manner so that doctrinal and procedural understanding was developed simultaneously. The level of integration within the module gave rise to clear challenges for students, particularly given its position as a first year module and this chapter discusses the evolution and operation of the module, the costs and benefits of the integrated approach and lessons learned.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Teaching of Criminal Law: The pedagogical imperatives
EditorsKris Gledhill, Ben Livings
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages212
ISBN (Print)9781138841994
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2016

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NameLegal Pedagogy


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