This degree is studied over four years, where you will complete three 30 credit units in each year.
In your first year you will develop core foundational legal knowledge, before going onto to develop further insight of law and legal practice, complemented by studying option units in specialised areas of law.
You will study three core units which will equip you with the foundational legal knowledge:
This unit introduces you to essential concepts about the legal system and studying law, as well as the wider context in which the law operates. It will help you develop essential skills for academic study, including critical thinking, making effective arguments and academic writing. You will examine theories that underpin the nature and enforcement of law, and the place of morality and ethics within the law.
This unit aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning contract law. It will also help you develop the skills of legal research, application and problem solving, enabling you to apply your knowledge to realistic scenarios in order to provide arguable conclusions to legal problems.
Tort law considers the nature and functions of the law of torts and the legal principles governing liability. It includes general principles of the tort of negligence and associated defences, specific aspects of negligence, including liability for psychiatric harm, economic loss and occupiers’ liability and trespass to the person.
You will study two core units, and one option unit.
One option unit from:
Criminal law examines the principles of this subject, together with a range of offences and defences. It aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main underpinning principles and concepts.
Public law is the study of the institutions of government and the legal and quasi-legal mechanisms that determine how those institutions operate.
This unit will examine the principles and concepts underpinning business media and will focus, in particular, on aspects of partnership and company law. This unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning the formation and operation of companies and partnerships.
The unit examines the role of the law in regulating the employment relationship. It covers both individual and collective employment rights and also the duties and obligations of employers and employees. It includes employment law sources and institutions of employment law; the employment relationship & employment status; and the contract of employment -sources of terms and conditions.
Family law is concerned with the study of adults and children in familial situations. Emphasis is on understanding the broader social context in which this law operates. It includes an examination of the range and history concerning adult familial relationships – Marriage, Civil Partnership and Cohabitation. Exploration of the process of family breakdown including divorce, dissolution and cohabitee disputes.
This unit examines the development and operation of international, regional and domestic frameworks and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights. The unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main legal principles and concepts of human rights law, with an understanding of the global political, historical, social and cultural contexts that generate these.
This unit examines the laws and principles that governs the rights and obligations of states and how state practice and International institutions shape these laws. It includes an introduction to public international law; sources of international law; territory in International law; recognition of states and governments; jurisdiction in international law and state responsibility.
This unit examines the legal principles relevant to the law of succession. It also develops the ability to work with information provided in numerical form. It covers intestate succession, capacity, formalities, validity, revocation and alteration of wills, construction of wills and failure of gifts. The subject is assessed by coursework and examination.
You will study two core units and one option unit.
*This may be subject to change.
One option unit from:
This unit considers the legal principles that underpin land and property law. The unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of land law principles in order to analyse a factual scenario and provide advice to a notional client.
The first part of this unit will focus on the constitutional and administrative law of the EU. The second part will cover areas of European Union substantive law including Constitutional and Administrative Law of the EU Introduction; History and Development of the European Union and its place in the international system; and Law and the General Principles of EU law, including dual vigilance.
This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of civil litigation with a practical focus to equip students with relevant skills. The unit adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. It covers pre-action steps; funding of litigation, commencement of proceedings and statements of case, termination of proceedings without trial, the key steps in the progress of a matter to trial, trial procedure and the civil costs regime. The subject is assessed by coursework and examination.
The unit charts the rise of the corporation, looking at capitalism, globalisation and responsible governance. Domestic company law is scrutinised in detail. Content is both theoretical and doctrinal. Theoretical content includes: introduction to capitalism, corporation power in the UK and the US, corporate social responsibility, globalisation. Doctrinal content covers incorporation, directors, shareholders, finance and liquidation. The legal doctrinal content focuses in detail on case law and how the courts have interpreted provisions in the companies legislation, primarily at the appellate level.
This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of conveyancing with a practical focus to equip students with relevant skills. The unit adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. It covers conveyancing practice in relation to interests in land and transfer of legal estates; taking conveyancing instructions; preparing a contract for sale; title and its investigation; transfer or lease of a wider title; legal responsibilities in relation to funding property transactions; completion of a conveyancing transaction, and post completion matters.
This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of criminal litigation with a practical focus to equip you with relevant skills. The unit adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. The syllabus will include the following topics: police powers in the investigation of crime, funding including public funding, bail, procedures leading to trial, evidence, sentencing and ancillary orders, juveniles and professional ethics.
This unit allows you to carry out detailed research on a topic of your own choice and undertake an extended piece of legal writing. It aims to give you the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge of a specific area of law and carry out an in depth piece of criticism and evaluation of the topic you have chosen to study. The unit will commence with the creation of a research proposal and work timetable.
This unit examines the law and policies relevant to media activities and content, including how businesses can protect and exploit intellectual property. You will begin by developing an overview of how the media industries are regulated through the law and regulatory codes. Specific topics will include the regulation of media content through defamation law, privacy and confidentiality law and the relationship between journalists and their sources. You will then consider how intellectual property allows businesses to exploit and protect content through an examination of copyright law and trade marks and passing off. In order to consolidate this learning you will then look at the application of intellectual property law within specific media industries such as the music industry and merchandising.
This unit examines the rules of evidence and their application in a court of law. It includes introduction to the rules of evidence; rules of evidence & types of evidence; burden & standard of proof; proof of facts without evidence; identification evidence/ warnings; and the trial process.
This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of probate law with a practical focus to equip students with relevant skills. It adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. It covers skills of drafting, numeracy and legal research; will drafting, the principles of construction of a will/codicil; revocation; taxation principles relevant to will drafting; tax planning measures; grants of representation, the duties and powers of PRs and the administration and distribution of estates.
The unit develops the professional skills required for effective legal practice. It is based on CILEx level 6 legal skills qualifications. It includes the development of client interviewing skills, legal writing skills, practical legal research, negotiation and knowledge about client care procedures. It is assessed by portfolio consisting of a range of related tasks which draw on realistic client scenarios.
This unit examines company and partnership law from a practical perspective alongside development of relevant professional skills. It adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. It covers taxation of individuals and businesses; limited liability partnerships; partnership agreements; termination of partnerships; company formation and procedures; practices relating to the role and responsibility of directors; alterations to a company’s constitution; corporate borrowing and corporate administration.
This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of employment law, adopting the CILEx accredited syllabus. It covers employment dispute resolution; the effective management of staff dismissal; business transfers; family friendly provisions; retirement procedures and the relationship with age discrimination; compromise agreements and the key stages of an employment claim in the tribunal or civil courts. The subject is assessed by coursework and examination.
This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of family law with a practical focus to equip students with relevant skills. It adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus and covers the termination of marriage and civil partnerships; the financial consequences of termination; the legislation, provisions and remedies in cases of domestic violence and molestation; the application of the Children Act 1989 in relation to private law; the financial consequences of relationship breakdown for the unmarried family.
You will study one core unit and two option units. Please note, you will choose from the same list of option units that are available to you in Year 3 (above).
Two option units from these likely options:
The unit explores equity's jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of the Chancery Courts. Content is largely doctrinal but theoretical content is introduced on a number of topics, including the nature of equity, the trust concept, certainty, constitution of trusts and formalities, purpose trusts, charitable trusts, implied trusts, undue influence, secret trusts, trustees' powers, duties and functions tracing, variation of trusts.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
There are a variety of assessment methods, including coursework, examination, portfolio and practical exercises such as mooting. Formative assessment is also used and this means that students get feedback on their work before the final assessment.
This distance learning degree provides a route into the legal profession, which will be particularly valuable for those who wish to continue towards professional qualification and train as a solicitor or barrister.
This degree also opens up a wide variety of career possibilities both within and outside the legal services sector.
This distance learning degree provides a practice route, which will be particularly valuable for those who wish to continue towards professional legal qualification towards becoming a solicitor or barrister. It opens up a wide variety of career possibilities both within and outside the legal services sector.
In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation
DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known
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