This unit aims to provide students with the fundamental principles and key doctrines of the English law of contract. Students will be introduced to the nature of contractual obligations, the legal principles that govern the formation, content and validity of contracts and the remedies for breach of contractual obligations. This unit will focus on further developing the students’ graduate skills of research, application and problem solving in a legal context, enabling them to apply their knowledge to realistic scenarios in order to provide arguable conclusions to legal problems.
This unit will cover the core elements of the major crimes in the law of England and Wales and involves consideration of topics such as general principles of criminal liability, offences against the person and property, and general defences to criminal liability. The emphasis will be on understanding how strong and effective arguments are constructed, building upon previous skills developed in case analysis and legal reasoning, drafting and using skeleton arguments, and making oral arguments.
Equity and Trusts
The unit examines the nature of Equity, its history and development and takes in key topics such as Private Express Trusts and Gifts; Certainties, Constitution & Formalities, Secret Trusts, Charitable Trusts, Implied Trusts, Administration of Trusts and Breach, Liability & Remedies. Skills developed include the ability to analyse, apply and communicate the concepts and principles of Equity & Trusts to provide written solutions to legal issues drawn from theory and case studies.
This unit will focus on the relationship between the UK and EU, and the evolving legal and political changes impacting upon it. The unit will build upon previous skills introduced in effective legal research, using sources, and legal writing.
This unit will examine some of the core aspects of property law, including topics such as Foundation concepts of Land Law, Estates and Interests in Land, Easements and Profits, Mortgages, Adverse Possession, Registered Land, Contributory Occupiers, Covenants affecting Freehold Land, Leases and Trusts of Land. It will equip students with the skills to assess a given scenario, work in groups, and construct and communicate advice in a professional manner.
Legal Skills and Practice
The aim of the unit is to introduce and test knowledge of the English Legal System (ELS) and legal method to graduates of other disciplines and to allow exposure to an additional, practical field of law. The fundamental concepts of ELS and legal method studied include court hierarchy, the doctrine of precedent, statutory interpretation, and sources of law. The unit aims to develop key legal /employability skills including legal problem solving and critical analysis, reasoning, arguing and advocating in an articulate manner both in writing and orally via a compulsory presentation (at the end of the unit).
This unit enables students to study the institutions of government and the mechanisms that determine their operation as well as the legal relationship between the citizen and the state. It covers topics such as the nature and features of the UK Constitution, its sources and core principles, the impact of human rights and judicial review. Skills it develops include the ability to apply and evaluate core constitutional principles as well as engage in problem solving and critical evaluation of Public law in the wider context.
Law of Torts
This unit teaches the key principles and rules in Tort law. These include general principles of the tort of negligence and associated defences; specific aspects of negligence, including liability for psychiatric harm and a range of other torts, including trespass to the person and intentional physical harm along with associated defences, Occupiers’ Liability, Nuisance and the rule in Rylands v Fletcher. Key skills developed include the ability to apply substantive principles of Tort Law to perform given tasks such as developing a reasoned argument on an aspect of Tort law, researching legal principles of Tort and forming legal judgments.