Land Law 1

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

This module provides an introduction to the legal rules determining what it means to own land and/or other rights that relate to land.

You will cover aspects of the law forming 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.

You may also cover topics 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