Skills: Legal Research and Reasoning
Full course description
The course Skills: Legal Research and legal reasoning is the first part of the ELS Skills Track. The primary aim of Legal Research and Reasoning is to teach new students the skills they need in order to study successfully in the European Law School bachelor programme. This course focuses on the abilities which are expected of a first-year undergraduate law student at Maastricht University: study skills; problem-based learning (PBL); and the fundamentals of legal research and reasoning. Students will learn how to work with legal provisions and cases, analysing and applying them to practical case studies on the basis of the IRAC method. Training in the use of library resources and PBL will also be provided during the course.
At the end of this course, students will have learned to find, evaluate and use legal resources. Students will also have learned and practiced the basics of legal reasoning, and be able to understand and apply legal provisions and precedent to case studies using the IRAC method. In addition, students will have become familiar with the philosophy of PBL and foundational skills to succeed in their undergraduate studies.
- Resources referred to in course book
- S Hardt and N Kornet (eds), The Maastricht Collection (6th edn, Europa Law Publishing 2019) vols 1-4