Law

English Legal System

Module code: M3036
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Test, Essay

This module covers use of the library and electronic resources reading cases, statutes and academic literature.

You will learn how to produce fully referenced academic work among the other skills necessary to help you study law. You learn about the doctrine of judicial precedent and the principles involved in interpreting legislation.

This module gives you the opportunity to focus very narrowly and examine in detail how to find a ratio and to see the English Legal System in a broader context by critically examining its structures, process and personnel.

Module learning outcomes

  • Identify and recall the structure and personnel of the English Legal System, sources of law, precedent, different approaches to statutory interpretation, the impact of the Human Rights Act and EU Law on English law as well as the process of law reform.
  • Recognise and demonstrate an understanding of relevant legal concepts.
  • Find and intepret the law, literary sources, cases and legislation using the library and electronic resources and the ability to produce academic work which follows recognised academic conventions in relation to referencing
  • Analyse and critique a judgement