English Legal System (M3036)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

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.


68%: Lecture
32%: Seminar


30%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)
70%: Practical (Media production)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 21 hours of contact time and about 129 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: