Assessment of the use of English in undergraduate law degrees: are law schools complying with the QAA subject benchmark?

Breakey, Peter (2012) Assessment of the use of English in undergraduate law degrees: are law schools complying with the QAA subject benchmark? The Law Teacher, 46 (1). pp. 38-49. ISSN 0306-9400

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2012.644968

Abstract

This article considers the approach of law schools to the assessment of students’ use of English. The QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Law requires students to demonstrate the ability to use English proficiently but over recent years there has been anecdotal evidence that some students who lack this ability have obtained law degrees.
To obtain further information on how law schools try to ensure compliance with the relevant benchmark, a short questionnaire was sent to a randomly selected sample of 20 English law schools.
This article presents the results of that research, considers some of its possible implications and concludes that the assessment methods that many law schools are currently employing do not ensure compliance with the relevant benchmark.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M100 Law by area
M200 Law by Topic
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > School of Law
Depositing User: Peter Breakey
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 11:15
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 10:59
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7623

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