Year one Compulsory modules
Contract examines the general principles governing the formation, modification, performance, discharge and enforcement of contracts under English law. You will be able to analyse how these principles apply in given fact situations by identifying, distinguishing and evaluating relevant authorities and arguments.
Torts explores the broad reach of tort law in relation to dignitary wrongs and property and financial losses, not merely accident law. You will look at issues such as negligence, defamation, privacy, landowners liability, damages and the instance of vicarious liability and multiple tortfeasors.
Constitutional Law addresses the legal and philosophical foundations, and principal institutions, of the United Kingdom constitution, with special reference to its impact in law. You will also investigate the mechanisms of legal control over administrative bodies. This module explores such concepts as the rule of law, the separation of powers, democracy and Parliamentary sovereignty.
European Union Law gives you an introduction to the Institutions and Constitution of the EU, and explores the history of European integration, the constitutional principles of the European Union, the work of the institutions, the 'federal' character of the EU legal order and enforcement in national courts. and the relationship between EU law and national law.
English Legal System will introduce you to the basic rules governing the authority and interpretation of precedents and statutes in English law. You will also explore criminal procedure, and civil courts and procedure, including recent reforms.
Land Law covers the key issues pertaining to the fundamental principles of land law. You will consider the nature of property and property interests, as well as such subjects as the difference between registered and unregistered land, and freehold and leasehold property and covenants.
Criminal law gives you a general overview of criminal law and introduces you to the most significant criminal offences in English law. You will examine the elements of an offence, the terms of liability, defences, and offences against the person and property.
Equity and trusts looks at the basic concepts behind equity and trusts, including the three certainties, unincorporated associations and the beneficiary principle. You also examine the constitution of trusts, charities and the cy-pres doctrine, while learning about constructive trusts, and tracing and other remedial actions.
Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the school's MA/PhD supervisory panel.