This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of the Pre-sessional LLM Programme in which you study
academic speaking, academic listening, academic reading and academic writing to prepare you for
postgraduate legal studies. You also develop your independent learning skills through Independent Study
sessions, and learn about online resources for law, study skills and language development.
The module focuses closely on the type of reading that you will need to do on your LLM programme and
includes learning how to read and summarise cases effectively; developing your reading skills (e.g. critical
thinking, predicting, skimming, scanning) through work on texts based on cases, statutes and non-binding
sources; improving your understanding of complex legal sentences and of key legal terms.
The module also involves reading, completing, and critically evaluating online learning materials, some
specifically related to law, others to language skills on which you need to focus.
The reading module is taught in conjunction with the writing module as these skills often overlap; for
example, the ability to read critically is also an important skill for effective academic legal writing. As a result,
you will be expected to practise a range of skills in the same class.
The reading module follows the University of Southampton Pre-sessional LLM Programme Reading and Writing