Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
LA15710, GF14230, LA14230, GF32430, LA34230, GF34720, LA34720
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 30 Hours.
Seminars / Tutorials 6 hours total. 3 x 1 hour per semester.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam at the end of Semester 1  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam at the end of Semester 2  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam (Sem 1)  - if element failed  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam (Sem 2)  -if element failed  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Explain and demonstrate an understanding of the structure and development of the English and Welsh Legal system, and those who play a role in it
2. Explain the use and significance of judicial precedent and its relationship with the court system
3. Analyse the processes of creating legislation and how it is interpreted by judges
4. Display a knowledge of alternative forms of dispute resolution
5. Show an ability to retrieve legal information by use of both electronic and hard copy research methods in order to demonstrate a basic level of competence in locating and using both primary and secondary sources of law.
6. Interpret, evaluate and critically analyse primary and secondary legal sources
7. Demonstrate problem-solving skills, and the organisation of ideas and arguments in applying the law to factual situations
8. Construct legal arguments and apply legal reasoning in oral and written communication

Brief description

(i) This module introduces students to the structure of the legal system in England and Wales, including Courts and tribunals; the role of the legal profession; and how alternative dispute resolution works. The work of the judiciary in the interpretation of legislation and the development of case law will be analysed in detail, together with the functions of the jury. A thorough understanding of the environment in which the law operates will be provided.

(ii) The module prepares students for their other Law studies at University by introducing them to the range of skills they must master if they are to be successful in those studies. This will include reading legislation and cases; critical analysis; essay writing; case noting and problem solving.


1. Legal information sources, including the library and legal databases (involving contributions by the Law librarian; and representatives of Westlaw and LexisNexis respectively)
2. The functions of the law and the Court System
3. How precedent works; reading cases and case noting (this includes a practical exercise in the case noting lecture)
4. Legislation; reading legislation and statutory interpretation
5. Problem solving in relation to both common law and legislative offences (each of the problem solving lectures is linked with a practical exercise to be prepared by the students prior to lectures)
6. Critical analysis of cases and commentaries with practical exercises on how to critically analyse.
7. Legal personnel, including the legal profession; magistrates; judiciary; and the jury
8. Further skills: Essay writing and footnoting; exam preparation; and avoiding unfair practice
9. Tribunals; inquisitorial and adversarial procedures
10. Alternative dispute resolution and negotiation.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Preparation for, and discussion, in seminars and in the examination
Improving own Learning and Performance Pre and post-lecture research and seminar preparation
Information Technology In lectures; pre and post-lecture research; and for seminar preparation
Personal Development and Career planning Learning throughout the module will be relevant to a career in the legal profession if desired
Problem solving Preparation for and discussion of problem-solving questions in lectures and seminars
Research skills Pre and post-lecture research; seminar preparation
Subject Specific Skills Legal research: use of specifically designed legal databases as a resource for statute and case law. Reading primary sources in the way of cases and legislation Problem solving; critical analysis and case noting (Some elements of this are assessed)
Team work Seminar work: preparation and group discussions


This module is at CQFW Level 4