Land Law

Module code: M3026
Level 5
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Essay, Unseen examination

This module explores the legal rules determining what it means to own land and/or other rights that relate to land. Specific topics may include: the doctrines of estates and tenure; the meaning of land (fixtures); and the distinction between personal and property rights; the role of equity and the trust and the doctrine of proprietary estoppel; the contractual formalities for buying an interest or estate in land; acquiring ownership rights, including the rules of adverse possession; unregistered and registered title; mortgages; leases (and licences); co-ownership; trusts of land; freehold covenants; and easements.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the framework of modern land law and explain its key principles and concepts
  • Identify and explain legal issues relating to specific topics of land law of particular contemporary significance
  • Apply the knowledge and understanding gained to develop and sustain arguments on controversial points of land law and/or solve problems using appropriate techniques
  • Locate and make appropriate use of relevant primary and secondary materials in researching written work
  • Demonstrate written fluency in subject specific legal terminology