In the run up to assessments, I’m running two workshops in the coming weeks:
- Essay Structure and Assessment Criteria (02/03/2017)
- Presentations and Poster/Pitch (30/03/2017)
As examiners, members of staff will be marking your essays and presentations based on objective criteria.
Note: If you want to access the marking sheet in the LLM Programme Handbook, which can be accessed online via Blackboard. The LLM Handbook is a handy reference point because it gives you examples of dissertation title pages, permission form for the dissertation, and deadlines.
For written assessments, examiners are looking for 5 main elements, which you should bear in mind as a ‘checklist’ to see whether you are meeting all of the following criteria.
- Identification of the principal legal concepts and issues – i.e. what are the main legal problems or relevant laws?
- Understanding of the law – your ability to apply the law to the question/issue you’re examining.
- Critical analysis – Synthesis of the legal arguments, law, theories, ideas for reform and the wider context, as well as engaging with academic literature.
- Originality and creativity – Are you adopting an interesting stance or arguing in a persuasive way that reflects solutions/challenges with regards to the law?
- Research process and presentation – Spelling/grammar, use of OSCOLA, bibliography, structure of your essay, use of subtitles and clarity of your work.
Of course, the above is just a short summary of the marking criteria and feedback sheet, which is more detailed (see: LLM Programme Handbook). But it gives you a quick introduction as a starting point.