Land Law 1

Module code: M5026
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay, Multiple choice questions

This module provides an introduction to the legal rules determining what it means to own land and/or other rights that relate to land. It covers aspects of the law which form the framework of landholding in England and may include: the doctrines of estates and tenure; the meaning of land (fixtures); the distinction between personal and property rights; the role of equity and the trust and the doctrine of 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. It may also cover a topic such as leases (and licences) or mortgages to explore the application of the rules in a particular context.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical legal understanding of the framework of modern land law and knowledge of key principles and concepts
  • Apply the knowledge and understanding gained to develop and sustain critical 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