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    • Seminar 1 – IntroductoryWhat did I do today?During this seminar introductory I introduced myself and met everyone else in my seminargroup. I was able to demonstrate my presentation skills and team work skills. I learnt theimportance of leadership and team work during the group exercise. The role I specificallydemonstrated was my oral ability to expand on my ideas and presenting to other members ofthe seminar group not just the groups we were allocated to.What did I learn from the seminar?The ability to network with other students and important information in regards to the skillsprogramme in seminar and lectures. I also learnt the ability to apply law principles andreasoning to everyday situations by working to introduce solutions to the problem questionset.What did I do well preparing for the seminar?I looked over my skill reading book which would assist me in understanding legal principlesand reasoning.Why did I do those things well?I understood the importance of learning how to introduce new legislation and readinglegislation.What difficulties did I have during preparation and the seminar?Coming up with more unique ideas and solutions to the problem scenario we were required totackle in teams.Why did I have those difficulties?It was a difficult task however working as part of a team the ideas came together and assistedus with the solutions to the problem.How will I overcome those difficulties in the future?Ensure to work as part of the team and not to give up if I have difficulties as others in theteam can help bring out ideas and inspire ideas.What skills did I develop/gain from the seminar?Team work and leadership skills were developed during this seminar.How do I plan to further improve those skills?Continue to work in my seminar as a team as we all our on a journey to bring out the bestpotential in each other through networking and sharing ideas and experiences.
    • How may these skills help future career?Networking is important as well as team work to help an organisation come forward withideas and expand their business. Therefore skills of team work and leadership is important.If I had to prepare and participate in this session again, what would I do differently andwhy?I would introduce new ideas which were collectively introduced in the seminar as well aslook over legislation rules and skill techniques in my main skills recommended reading book.
    • Seminar 2 – Analysing Legal Texts (1)What did I do today?In this seminar I analysed legal text in regards to legislation.What did I learn from the seminar?How legislation applies to case analysis and the format of legislation highlighting keyelements.What did I do well preparing for the seminar?I read and made relevant notes through my reading on legislation in my skills reading book.Why did I do those things well?I understand the importance of understanding how legislation is structured and applied incases.What difficulties did I have during preparation and the seminar?It was hard to take in a lot of information in regards to legislation structure.Why did I have those difficulties?It was the first time I had come across legislation in full text.How will I overcome those difficulties in the future?I will familiarise myself with legislation on Westlaw and Lexis and my textbook does notcover full legislations.What skills did I develop/gain from the seminar?Analysing was important in working to answer the exercise in the seminar. Therefore mydevelopment of critical thinking and analysis was used thoroughly.How do I plan to further improve those skills?Too read relevant legislation and familiarise myself with longer scripts of text in both casesand legislation.How may these skills help future career?Analysing and preparing for longer text reading will asset in attempting future assessmentsand exercise in the legal career.If I had to prepare and participate in this session again, what would I do differently andwhy?Prepare myself men tally for the demand of analysing legal text
    • Seminar 3 – Legislative DraftingWhat did I do today?We were put into teams to come up with our own versions of student codes of conduct for theBCU campus.What did I learn from the seminar?From this seminar I learnt the ways in which legislation is formed and increased myawareness of application of legislation even when drafting legislation.What did I do well preparing for the seminar?I read my notes which I have made previously in regards to legislation and did extra widerreading to prepare my construction of the student code of conduct.Why did I do those things well?I understood from my previous seminar the need to familiarise myself with legislationelements.What difficulties did I have during preparation and the seminar?Overall I had no difficulties as I was aware of the task requirements. However unlikeprevious team work seminar tasks were I had difficulty in reaching unique ideas, this time theteam had many more ideas so we had difficulty in selecting which ones would be ideal forour version of the student conduct.Why did I have those difficulties?Selecting ideas and specific points was a difficult I encountered.How will I overcome those difficulties in the future?I will try to select the least important points as a team and come up with better ideas whichwill help put the best solutions at a the forefront of a problem question to achieve an easysolution.What skills did I develop/gain from the seminar?Critical thinking was one of the skills I improved as the team had many ideas but haddifficulty deciding the best ideas to put forward to the rest of the seminar group.How do I plan to further improve those skills?Expand on my critical thing through exercises and practices attempts.How may these skills help future career?
    • Important decision making skills are vital to move forward in employment and the businessorganisation you will work for without being prompted.If I had to prepare and participate in this session again, what would I do differently andwhy?I would make the decision of drawing up an action plan of the necessary codes of conductand least required.
    • Seminar 4 – Analysing Legal Texts (2) - CarlillWhat did I do today?This seminar involved case summarisingWhat did I learn from the seminar?The skills required to highlight key elements of the judgement.What did I do well preparing for the seminar?I looked over my reading notes in regards to case summarisingWhy did I do those things well?I understood the importance of understanding key principles before attempting to analysecases.What difficulties did I have during preparation and the seminar?One of the major difficulties I encountered was identifying the case summary under theheadings specified in the seminar guide.Why did I have those difficulties?I felt I struggled due to not being familiar and lacking confidence of approaching this style ofquestions and case summary.How will I overcome those difficulties in the future?Look at more case summary exercises and attempt more precise at case summarising.What skills did I develop/gain from the seminar?It is important to do background reading than solely rely on one textbook especially as Irealise the core textbook only relies on discussing the principles not in depth discussion in tothe background of the source of law. Therefore my research skills have developed and Ishould access more reading material related to the topic which can help develop betterknowledge and understanding not just for coursework material but general gist of principlesof sources of law. I also developed my understanding how to use lexis in particular thejournal search box.How do I plan to further improve those skills?Not to solely rely on the reading list and I will access more material through online andlibrary material as it is important in particular for the course. This will help access betterresearch material and help with my understanding of topic in upcoming lectures. I also realisethe importance of using lexis search engine for not only research material for lectures butcoursework as it goes into more in depth discussions and analysis.
    • How may these skills help future career?Research skills are vital for job offers and career progression as commercial awareness isimportant for careers. Interviewers require evidence that the candidates have researched intocompanies’ values and the job role in order to be culturally fit for the position applied for. Itis also beneficial for career progression as it is important to not telly on one piece of researchmaterial for instance the company website as they can be biased about their companyprogression and therefore newspaper articles like the Times can give key information toshowing the company is financially doing bad and criticised for the way it treat theiremployees. Therefore research is essential for knowing whether company is financially andsocially in a position to provide a good career progression in the future. Lexis also identifiesnews of solicitor’s law firms which would be ideal for the legal field of work for workplacements and will be ideal to impress the interviewers either through the application formor face to face interviewsIf I had to prepare and participate in this session again, what would I do differently andwhy?I would ensure that I do not stick to the reading list and I should ensure to access otherresearch material I have available to. In particular Lexis search engine is good for journalarticles and my understanding has further developed on using Lexis for not only the studentresearch for the degree but employability with job offers in the legal field to showcommercial awareness.
    • Seminar 5 – ReferencingWhat did I do today?This seminar went into detail of how to reference in law assessments. This helped andrefreshed my memory and added to my notes on how to reference and to give credit to all thesources I use in my assessments. We also looked at examples of bad referencing and goodreferencing samples to understand what refracting requires.What did I learn from the seminar?The importance of referencing and acknowledging all sources used in assessments. This isnot just for evidence but also to achieve a higher mark.What did I do well preparing for the seminar?I looked at the referencing system that is used on the Law course which is Oscola anddownloaded a quick use guide to get a grasp of the basics of referencing with this system.Why did I do those things well?I had a better understanding of what is required with this referencing system unlike otherreferencing system such as Harvard which requires different methods to references andcrediting sources.What difficulties did I have during preparation and the seminar?The difficulty I faced was trying to understand how to reference different types of sources asI am only familiar with referencing books at A Level History essay standard whereas LawUndergraduate level essay require more evaluation of different sources such as newspaperarticles, law commission reports, cases and journal articles.Why did I have those difficulties?I have never attempted to reference a law essay at undergraduate level so I felt it was difficultto understand when it would be appropriate to use these references in terms of relevance ofacknowledging wider source than just textbooks.How will I overcome those difficulties in the future?I will attempt referencing in my formative assessments in order to ensure that I understandwhat is required and needs to be improved when using the Oscola reference system.What skills did I develop/gain from the seminar?It is an important skill to acknowledge sources through the Oscola reference system. This isimportant for evidence for any legal arguments presented in law essays.How do I plan to further improve those skills?
    • To practice referencing through formative assessments in order to understand howimprovements could be made before attempting to reference summative assessments as errorsin referencing can reduce marksHow may these skills help future career?Referencing is important skill for evaluation and evidence of constructing legal argumentstherefore this skill will help to demonstrate advocate arguments as well as expanding legalargument in summative assessments.If I had to prepare and participate in this session again, what would I do differently andwhy?I would look into detail of the sources that are required to be referenced with the Oscolasystem in the full guide online as the overview helped me to understand the requirements butnot fully understand the use of using these sources in referencing law essays.
    • Seminar 6 – Analysing Legal Texts (3) - Statutory Interpretation: CantwellWhat did I do today?In this seminar we looked at statutory interpretation rules and principles such as the literal,golden, mischief and purposive approach. The seminar looked into key cases to understandhow these rules are used and when they are required to be used. We also looked at lawreporting and the importance of reporting cases in the court hierarchy.What did I learn from the seminar?How rules are available for judges to assist in interpreting legislation therefore the outcomeof each individual case relies on what rule is used when correctly and required whilerecognising parliament is the supreme law maker.What did I do well preparing for the seminar?I read the core textbook chapter 3 of Elliot & Quinn as well as research of key cases on theWestlaw database. This helped me get to grips with rules available to judges to assist ininterpreting legislations.Why did I do those things well?I prepared and realised the importance of learning key terminology from the previous lecturewhich required exploring legal terms in order to understand how to identify legislation layout.This approach was similarly used for preparing for this seminar.What difficulties did I have during preparation and the seminar?I couldn’t understand how judges would apply the rules as there were so many factors otherthan legal reasons to take into consideration. For instance would having the rules available beopen for the judge to interpret how he wishes and sees the legislation? This was one of thedifficulties I felt while I researched surrounding this topic.Why did I have those difficulties?I felt I didn’t acknowledge one of the common themes during all the seminar I had is that thelaw is not black and white and the is a lot of grey areas in the law therefore it is not certainhow cases will be decided nor is it certain all cases will be decided differently and leaving thecases to be opened to unlimited interpretation as it is important to recognise parliament is thesupreme law maker.How will I overcome those difficulties in the future?I will keep an open mind and keep the phrase the law is not ‘black and white’, therefore notstraight forward and that cases can go either way at the judge’s and courts discretion whenapplying these rules.What skills did I develop/gain from the seminar?
    • A major skill I developed is debating that the legal system although recognise law is thesupreme law maker, individual judges can lead a outcome of a case to individual beliefs ofhow they see parliament intended the legislation to be interpreted and reason for it to be inforce.How do I plan to further improve those skills?I intend to read journal articles to evaluate the discussions scholars and academic writers haveespecially suggestions of reforms that should be taken into consideration.How may these skills help future career?Evaluation is important as it not only consists of analysis a problem but reflecting on itspossible outcome. Therefore this skill is vital for any career progression and is essential for alaw field of work where I have found that you have to make room to manoeuvre throughlegal principles.If I had to prepare and participate in this session again, what would I do differently andwhy?I would ensure to read more research identifying where the law has gone either way in keycases, therefore I will read journal articles related to key case in statutory interpretation rulesand principles.
    • Seminar 7 – Jury debateWhat did I do today?I presented my ideas to the seminar groups the advantages and disadvantages of using jury.What did I learn from the seminar?Different reasons as to why juries are needed to and should not be allowed to continue in thiscountry.What did I do well preparing for the lecture?I read relevant chapters of my skills book and making notes for both sides of the argument.Why did I do those things well?Its important to support both sides of the argument with facts and evidence.What difficulties did I have during preparation and the seminar?Deciding the conclusion of if there should or should not be juries in this country as botharguments were strong in my research and reading I carried out.Why did I have those difficulties?The reason why I had difficulties were due to both the arguments were valid.How will I overcome those difficulties in the future?Try to not make definite conclusions and acknowledge both sides of the argument butfavouring one of the sides even more.What skills did I develop/gain from the seminar?I developed my debating and advocacy skills.How do I plan to further improve those skills?By working on more arguments and analysing counter arguments in future scenarios.How may these skills help future career?Forward planning with arguments can help make better decisions and conclusions toscenarios faced in work environment.If I had to prepare and participate in this session again, what would I do differently andwhy?I would look at my counter arguments and to approach the question with an open mind as thelaw is not black and white and contains grey areas
    • Seminar 8 – Analysing Legal Texts (4) - MandlaWhat did I do today?This seminar helped me refresh the use of statutory interpretation and case summarising. Areview the negotiation skills required.What did I learn from the lecture?I understood the elements required for the Analysing legal text component and importance ofusing the required skills to pass the component. The negotiation exercise helped me inunderstanding different methods of pursuing legal rights and better understanding of applyingthe methods to factual like situations.What did I do well preparing for the seminar?I looked over my notes from previous seminar on statutory interpretation and casesummarising. I read the required chapter of the text book Elliot & Quinn chapter 24 &25 inregards to negotiation part of the lecture.Why did I do those things well?I understood in order to refresh my memory I needed to look over my previous notes togreater my knowledge and understanding of what skills are required for the Analysing LegalTexts component. Reading the chapters of the Elliot & Quinn book ensured I understood themethods of negotiation involved in legal cases.What difficulties did I have during preparation and the seminar?I had difficulty preparing in regards to the skills element for the assessments. For instance,are we only required to use one set of rules in statutory interpretation or the usage isunlimited. Therefore I reviewed all the stator interpretation methods. My other concern wasin regards to using the methods in negotiations for factual legal questions.Why did I have those difficulties?I was new to the assessment criteria and did not understand fully what was required andallowed. Another reason I had difficulties with my lack of familiarity with the subjects andtopics discussed in regards to the negotiation lecture.How will I overcome those difficulties in the future?I will ensure that I read and answer the questions stated in my assessment as it is very easy todrift away with what is required of me to pass this skills component of assessment (AnalysingLegal Text). I will also practice problem questions in regards to negotiation exercises togreater my knowledge and understanding of the methods.What skills did I develop/gain from the seminar?
    • The skills I had developed were to ensure I will be practising and familiarity with problemquestions. Ensuring that I stick to the questions, will make sure my assessment answers areconsist and not packed with unnecessary information and knowledge of topics that I will notbe assessed on.How do I plan to further improve those skills?Consistency skills are important with practise and reading. It is only with practise I canimprove the required skills for future assessments and career prospects.How may these skills help future career?It is important to remain consistent through a job role therefore focusing and attention todetail is important with the skill of consistency.If I had to prepare and participate in this session again, what would I do differently andwhy?I would read the question and stick to answering the question in the component; this wouldhave saved unnecessary questions in regards to being competent in the Analysing Legal Textscomponent for skills. Practising more problem questions in regards to negotiations wouldhelp me understand the methods better and greater my knowledge.
    • Seminar 9 – Analysing Legal Texts (5) - AG v ScotcherWhat did I do today?The consolidation session required understanding what is required for the legal analysing textcomponent and skills required for critical analysis.What did I learn from the seminar?What I learnt from this lecture was how to apply the skills of critical thinking to myupcoming formative assessment in skills and the importance of using and testing these skillsin my formative assessment.What did I do well preparing for the seminar?I ensure that I referred to my previous notes and understood my strengths and weaknesses inregards to the skills required for the assessment of Analysing legal text component.Why did I do those things well?I made use of my experience so far in skills and understood that this lecture in particularwould help address my weakness in attempting the Analysing Legal texts. Therefore this alsomeant that I could address any issues that would set back my mark for the skills assessment.What difficulties did I have during preparation and the seminar?I had difficulties in understanding how I could apply the statutory rules to the assessment.Why did I have those difficulties?I had difficulties with critical thinking in regards to applying stator interpretation.How will I overcome those difficulties in the future?I will ensure that I make use of formative assessments and practise my skills and I understandI have the knowledge but I am hesitant in applying the knowledge as part of the criticalanalysis skills required for this assessment.What skills did I develop/gain from the seminar?The skills I developed was highlighting and reviewing my strengths and weaknesses.How do I plan to further improve those skills?Acknowledge my strengths but work harder to improve my weaknesses.How may these skills help future career?In understanding what my weaknesses are is a good skill in regards to criticising and ensuringI can appeal better to my employers in the future.
    • If I had to prepare and participate in this session again, what would I do differently andwhy?I would try to attempt and work at weakness in practise problem questions in regards toapplying statutory interpretation.
    • Seminar 10 – ALT - Formative AssessmentWhat did I do today?I had the opportunity to have my answer reviewed in regards to the application of stator rulesto the case analysis in the lecture by the module leader.What did I learn from the seminar?I understood that my overall application of statutory interpretation was satisfactory however Ishould use better definitions of the rules in my future assessments.What did I do well preparing for the seminar?I read the case continuously and had the opportunity to clarify if I was using statutoryinterpretation correctly.Why did I do those things well?I expanded on my experience of preparing for the lecture in order to discuss and understandhow to improve my weaker areas of critical analysis.What difficulties did I have during preparation and the seminar?Overall the difficulties for preparing for this formative assessment have decreased over timebut I still felt hesitant in my use of story interpretation.Why did I have those difficulties?A major reason why I had these difficulties was due to ensuring I was applying the statutoryrules correctly and lack of confidence in my answers as misleading integrations would not becorrect and ultimately be off point.How will I overcome those difficulties in the future?I will make sure that I have my answers checked regularly which will build my confidence inapproaching answering the questions.What skills did I develop/gain from the seminar?I made use of taking on board common pitfalls students may encounter on applying statutoryinterpretation which were common in majority of my use of statutory interpretation to caseand preparation for my answers.How do I plan to further improve those skills?Avoid common mistakes by reviewing my answers.How may these skills help future career?
    • Comparisons of skills and approaches to problems can help in understanding better skills andrequirements of problem questions.If I had to prepare and participate in this session again, what would I do differently andwhy?I would ensure that I discuss with my other students problems they face (without collusion)and how they deal with overcoming those common pitfalls.
    • Seminar 11 – Employment Interview & NegotiationWhat did I do today?I prepared my completed skills audit for the seminar and had the opportunity to understandwhat good CV’s are consistent of.What did I learn from the lecture?I understood from the lecture my strengths and weaknesses in regards to employability andexperience.What did I do well preparing for the seminar?I prepared the skills audit and had it reviewed by tutor.Why did I do those things well?I have been working to improve my skills and experience for employability and beenattending career sessions in regards to improving my CV and put emphasis on my skills.What difficulties did I have during preparation and the seminar?At first I had problems identifying examples where I have used my experience of skills.However toward the end of completing the skills audit I became familiar with specificexamples.Why did I have those difficulties?It was hard to identify good examples and what would attract employers in persuading I haveobtained the skills I listed in my audit.How will I overcome those difficulties in the future?I will have confidence and continue to list example when I use my skills in educational andemployment situations.What skills did I develop/gain from the seminar?The skills I have developed was selecting specific examples in support of evidence of skillfor potential employers and understanding my CV is updated and made good use of.How do I plan to further improve those skills?I will be continued to add to my experience folder of any potential situations that would standme out to other candidates to future employers.How may these skills help future career?Employability will increase with outlining specific situations and making use of identifyingmy skills in real life scenarios with supported evidence of making use of my skills.
    • If I had to prepare and participate in this session again, what would I do differently andwhy?I would ensure I keep a skill experience folder as it is important to keep experience and skillsI obtain obtained regularly to put me in the right emphasis of the skills I have and able todemonstrate to future employers I am the right candidate.
    • Seminar 12 – Mahara workshops & e-portfolio formative feedback sessionsWhat did I do today?I had the opportunity to have my E-Portfolio reviewedWhat did I learn from the seminar?That my E-Portfolio is up to date and no concerns are raised in regard to improvementWhat did I do well preparing for the seminar?Completed and updated the E-portfolio to date of the seminar workshop.Why did I do those things well?I understood the importance of formative assessment from my previous experience in theassessments.What difficulties did I have during preparation and the seminar?Overall I was up to date with the E-Portfolio and did not encounter any difficulties but Ineeded to know if the layout was appropriate.Why did I have those difficulties?I felt the E-Portfolio may have caused confusion.How will I overcome those difficulties in the future?I will be uploading slide share views of my reflections to make it easier to the eye.What skills did I develop/gain from the seminar?I understood the importance of IT skills and using technology to improve accessing andreading the E-Portfolio.How do I plan to further improve those skills?Work on looking at other forms of media and resources to make my E-Portfolio interesting.How may these skills help future career?Technology is important in the marketing world and business organisations.If I had to prepare and participate in this session again, what would I do differently andwhy?I would have accessed Slide share website and uploaded some forms of reflections for mytutor to review.