SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M2M221648
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Law
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Introduction to Legal Systems and Study

Summary of Content

This module focuses on the implementation of information and communications technologies in a legal context. This will encompass a practical examination of how IT is used in the legal office, in a court setting and in aspects of e-government relevant to law. In addition, the module will examine the extent to which IT applications can be used in order to aid an understanding of substantive law. There will also be an opportunity to briefly consider the legal issues relevant to such uses of IT.


-360b7 IT in law - historical and future perspectives -360b7 IT in the legal office b7 IT in the courts b7 e-Government and legal services b7 IT as promoter and facilitator of learning in law b7 Overview of legal issues arising from the use of IT in a legal context

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to demonstrate:" Knowledge and understanding of the current and future role of information technology in the legal sector." An appreciation of the ways in which software applications can aid an understanding of law." Competency in a range of software applications relevant to law." An awareness of some of the legal issues relevant to the use of information technology in law.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered by a combination of lectures, practical sessions and independent learning. Lectures will be used as basis to introduce a theoretical underpinning to activities to be undertaken in practical sessions. They will also provide an opportunity for external speakers from, for example, software suppliers to provide demonstrations or from those who use IT in a legal context. In practical sessions, students will engage in directed exercises across a range of software relevant to law. Facilitators will provide guidance and feedback during these sessions.

Indicative Reading

Susskind, R The End of Lawyers OUP (2008). Susskind, R The Future of Law OUP (1998). Susskind R Transforming the Law OUP (2003). Leith, P and Hoey, A The Computerised Lawyer Springer Verlag (1998) Lloyd, I Information Technology Law, 6 th Edition OUP (2011) Journal of Information Law and Technology International Journal of Law and Information Technology Computers and Law

Transferrable Skills

Analysis, Synthesis, Critical Judgement and Evaluation The ability to identify issues, assimilate, evaluate and analyse information to construct written or oral solutions to a problem by bringing together and integrating relevant information, and selecting key material, from a variety of different sources. The ability to present arguments for and against propositions, acknowledging ranking of sources and relative impact in context. Such skills are developed within this module through tutor directed study in lectures and practicals, and through coursework essay writing. Personal Management, Independence and Ability to Learn . The ability to organise and prioritise effectively the expenditure of time and effort in the performance of all aspects of student work. The ability to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies; to manage their own learning development and to reflect upon their learning, seeking and making use of feedback. Such skills are developed within this module through feedback events following assessment. Communication and Literacy The ability to communicate information, ideas, advice and choices in an effective and succinct manner and in plain English without losing focus on key issues. The ability to listen and question effectively, to give and receive feedback and to make presentations addressing an allocated topic within the prescribed time frame. The ability to communicate both orally and in writing (and, where appropriate, by the use of electronic means) using the English language accurately by creating work which is comprehensible to the intended audience. The ability to create documents which are analytical, descriptive and inquisitive using appropriate terminology and recognised methods of citation and reference. Such skills are developed within this module through the interactive lab sessions. Numeracy, Information, Technology and Teamwork Where relevant and as the basis for an argument, the ability to present and evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form. The ability to produce and present in an appropriate form a word-processed essay or other appropriate format. The ability to conduct efficient searches of websites to locate relevant information; and exchange documents by E-mail. The ability to work productively and cooperatively in different kinds of groups; to establish working relations with others, defining, sharing and delegating responsibilities within the group. Such skills are developed within this module through the weekly practical sessions where students develop hands on experience of IT applications relevant to the legal environment.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (PT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 60.00
Assessment (PT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Lectures (PT) 3.00
Independent Learning (PT) 73.00
Assessment (FT) 6.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 60.00 35% Portfolio of work from practical exercises.
Coursework 0.00 40.00 35% Essay (1000 words)