The LLM in Housing and Land Law is a specialist masters programme, new from 2007-08, aimed in particular at practitioners including practising lawyers, legal advice workers, local authority staff or social landlords.
The programme consists of four compulsory taught modules (in residential possession, advanced land law and administrative law, homelessness and planning law), plus a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation. Each taught module is assessed by a 2 hour unseen examination.
The programme is offered part-time, with two taught modules running each year. Teaching will be on weekday evenings or in weekend blocks.
The LLM in Housing and Land Law is a specialist programme aimed in particular at practitioners, including solicitors, barristers, legal advice workers, local authority staff or social landlords.
It consists of four taught modules (details below) plus a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words. The modules are delivered across two years, one per term, with teaching taking place either on a weekday evening or in weekend blocks, to enable students in full-time employment to take the course.
The programme director, Professor Ian Loveland, is a tenant of Arden Chambers, a leading set of chambers in this field, and members of chambers will also contribute to the course. Classes will take the form of seminars with students expected to participate in discussion, bringing their professional experience to the debate.
Residential Possession (running in 2007-08): Tenancies: terminating a contractual residential tenancy, secure tenancies, assured and assured shorthold tenancies; rent arrears; anti-social behaviour; succession and assignment; the right to buy; the Civil Procedure Rules. Taught primarily by Ian Loveland.
Advanced Land Law and Administrative Law (running in 2007-08): Rights in the family home; nuisance; mortgage possession proceedings; restrictive covenants; estoppel and substantive legitimate expectations; locus standi; amenability to judicial review; the horizontal and vertical effect of the Human Rights Act. Taught primarily by Ian Loveland and Simon Goulding.
Homelessness (running in 2008-09): The origins of the homelessness legislation; the meaning of homelessness; priority need; intentional homelessness; local connection; eligibility; discharge of duties; reviews and appeals. Taught primarily by Ian Loveland.
Planning Law (running in 2008-09): The scope of environmental law; the development planning process; development control; control of air, water and noise pollution; the significance of EC law; conservation of flora and fauna; environmental assessment. Taught primarily by Mike Purdue.
Assessment: Each taught module will be assessed by one 2-hour examination. The dissertation, which students will normally be expected to complete in the summer period of the second year or during the third year, must also be passed for the award of the LLM degree.