UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Undergraduate support

Support in academic communication for students studying an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Laws.

All first year law students have the opportunity to sign up and attend at least three writing labs over the course of the academic year.

The labs are open to all first year LLB students and provide a safe, friendly space for you to explore ideas and issues with a tutor in a one-to-one session, without a mark being attached to your work.

Each lab lasts up to 30 minutes and is scheduled to take place on Microsoft Teams.

You can discuss your writing in real time with a tutor. For example:

  • a draft or draft section of a formative essay (e.g., the introduction/the conclusion etc.)
  • a draft of a formative problem question (PQ)
  • a piece of graded formative work
  • a revised piece of graded formative work
  • an answer to a tutorial question
  • a specific section of a piece of work (e.g., the introduction, the critical analysis, your sources, the conclusion)

You will have to decide what you would like to focus on before each writing lab.

Teachers do not offer subject specific guidance, nor do they grade your work and nor are they able to comment on summative assessment work.

The writing labs focus on academic writing, critical analysis, and research skills as well as, for example, referencing, planning, taking notes when reading, structuring essays/PQs, reading cases, constructing an argument, language etc. depending on your needs and wishes.

All Laws students have access to the Laws Academic Legal Writing Moodle page.

The moodle page provides you with advice and resources on writing on the LLB. However, it is important to remember that the approaches represent broad guidelines and should by no means replace any specific requirements and expectations outlined by the Faculty and your module lecturers.

Any student who wishes to discuss issues concerning the structure of their assessments, feedback, referencing or any other issues may request a tutorial session with Jackie Thomas via the Moodle page.

Year 2 students and finalist students and all dual degree students are invited to attend a 10-week Academic Legal Writing course in Term 2 on Mondays between 09:00-11:00 on Zoom.