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Law and legal methods 7.5 credits

Juridiska metodfrågor
First cycle, J0045N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 2 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 16 Feb 2015

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 21 Aug 2020

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Law and Legal Studies
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and J0046N Legal introduction course (15 hp) or J0030N Basic law for estate agents (15 hp) or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The overall goal is to provide the student with an introduction to legal writing, methods and reasoning, as well as provide knowledge about how the law changes over time and the law’s interaction with the larger society. After completing the course student will be able to:
  •    find, describe and evaluate different kinds of legal sources, and apply them to legal problems,
  •    write a short essay in a pedagogical and well-structured way with a good use of legal sources and language,
  •    give and receive feedback in a constructive manner on their own and others writing, and
  •    exemplify how law changes over time, describe ethical dimensions in law, and situate jurisprudence in a larger scientific context.

The course is divided into three parts:
Methodology and legal sources, Legal writing and Introduction to theory of law. The student will write a short essay during the course and the different parts supports this process.
In Methodology and legal sources, the student gets acquainted with other sources of law than legislation, and gain practice to find, interpret and apply different sources of law.
Legal writing introduces the student to scientific writing and the writing process, which prepares students for larger and future writing tasks in both their education and professional life.
Introduction to theory of law provides a wide introduction to the nature of law, the structure of the legal system and its relationship to the surrounding society, and addresses issues such as rights, justice, the rule of law, and law’s transformation over time.

Initially the students will be divided into smaller study groups. The teaching consists of lectures, exercises and seminars. Before each teaching session the student should prepare by reading the relevant parts of the literature, and before the exercises and seminars also study certain legal sources and prepare and answer certain assigned questions orally or in writing. During exercises and seminars, the student should verbally describe his/her proposed solutions, and respond to and discuss other students' suggestions. On some occasions, the student will submit written tasks in beforehand. The course concludes with a short essay, in which the student in detail will relate to the course objectives. After submission of the essay, the student will reflect on his/her own writing process.

The course is examined by different compulsory tasks and a short essay. This means that the student must demonstrate that he/she meets the objectives of the course by actively participate in the compulsory seminars and there verbally describe his/her knowledge. Through the essay, the student must demonstrate that he/she can apply and analyze the legal sources to legal problems. The student must here also demonstrate that he/she has a good ability to express himself/herself in legal writing, where the essay to be passed also must exhibit satisfactory structure and argumentation as well as correct language.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration,not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Christina Allard

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
- Lehrberg, Praktisk juridisk metod. Iusté, senaste uppl.
- Jensen, Rylander & Lindblom, Att skriva juridik: regler och råd. Iustus, senaste uppl.
- Andersen Øyen & Solheim, Akademiskt skrivande. En skrivhandledning. Gleerups, senaste uppl.
- Dahlman, Rätt och rättfärdigande: en tematisk introduktion i allmän rättslära. Studentlitteratur, senaste uppl.
- Leijonhufvud, Etiken i juridiken. Norstedts juridik, senaste uppl.

Court cases, articles, and other electronic material can be added and is then included in the course claim.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0005EssayU G VG *5.50MandatoryA19
0006Compulsory assignmentsU G#2.00MandatoryA19

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.