Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
OR Foundations of Law (LA15710) AND The Law of Contracts (LA15830 or GF15830 or LA35830)
OR Legal Process (LA11010 or LA31010 or GF11010)
Legal System (LA10110 or LA30110 or GF10110)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 8 Hours. Four one hour seminars each semester
Lecture 40 Hours. Three one hour lectures per week over both semesters


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 Hours   Land Law Test  10%
Semester Assessment 1 x 1000 word essay to be submitted in Semester 2  25%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   65%
Supplementary Assessment Land Law Test - if test element failed  10%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 1000 word essay - if essay element failed  25%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Exam - if failed exam element.  65%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Be able to explain the legal principles relating to land law.

2. Be able to analyse factual scenarios relating to land law and apply the principles of law to those scenarios.

3. Show evidence of having completed legal research in order to engage with legal debates and social and other responses to issues of land law from local, national and international perspectives and to recognise the impact of political, media and popular opinion on the law.

4. Show evidence of an ability to analyse a diverse range of legal materials and scholarly legal works and to integrate them to form new perspectives, theories or solutions to legal problems.

5. Show evidence of being able to assimilate information and to organise information in a way that indicates an awareness of the arguments in favour and against a proposition, and to be able to use those arguments in order to reason a conclusion and to justify how that conclusion was arrived at.

6. Be able to communicate results (orally and in writing) concisely and effectively at an academic level in English and/or Welsh using the relevant legal terminology correctly.

7. Be able to apply knowledge to the resolution of theoretical and practical problems.

8. Show evidence of being able to apply relationships and differences between different laws and different types of laws and how the principles, concepts, values, rules and debates interplay between them.

9. Be able to analyse information that is presented to them and be able to identify the significance of that information in terms of securing a legal right or a remedy.

10. Be able to present an argument or information to a diverse audience in a clear and logical way and responding to counter-arguments.

11. Be able to recognise alternative conclusions to particular situations and providing supporting reasons for them.

12. Be able to extract the essential aspects of a judicial decisions, laws, rules and concepts so that an evaluation of them and their application is possible.

Brief description

Land is a valuable commodity. Those who own land wish to retain it. Those who do not own land wish to acquire it. The law that regulates these relationships is land law. People who buy and own homes are governed by land law, as are people who rent houses and flats are governed. People who make use of utilities such as gas, electricity and water are governed by land law. The theatre-goer and the football spectator are governed by land law, as are banks and building societies, married and unmarried couples and owners of towel rails, inquisitive horses and gate-posts in the shape of lions. Even the continued greenness of a square of land outside the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square in London is governed by land law. Accordingly, this module will include considerations such as what is land, what are the concerns of land law, and how rights and interests pertaining to land may be acquired, retained or lost.


The aim of this module is to introduce students to the principles governing the acquisition and retention of rights over land. The aim of the module is therefore to explain how an agreement made between one person and another becomes an agreement that confers a benefit or an obligation not on an individual but on a person in his or her capacity as the proprietor of an estate in land. Accordingly, that which is achieved between two individuals under the law of contract is reformulated in land law to create rights and obligations that may span the generations. This module therefore aims to introduce students to the concept of land, and the acquisition and formalisation of rights pertaining to one¿s own land and land that belongs to another. It aims to contextualise land law within England and Wales¿ legal history and current social and economic realities. It also aims to develop the assimilation and presentation of legal knowledge, the formulation of reasoned and substantiated argumentation, and the ability to identify and evaluate the law¿s solutions to actual and perceived social problems. A further aim of this module is to provide one of the foundations of legal knowledge that is required by students wishing to enter the legal professions.


  • Introduction
  • What is Land?
  • What are the concerns of Land Law?
  • Ownership of land
  • Rights over land belonging to another person
  • The recognition of ownership and non-ownership rights
  • Co-ownership
  • Leases
  • Mortgages
  • Easements
  • Covenants
  • Conveyancing

Books & Readings
There is no single recommended textbook for this module. Details of suggested textbooks will be suggested in the lectures for this module, as publishers often publish new editions of textbooks over the course of the summer. However, students are permitted to take a statute book into the examination, and the following are examples of reasonable texts. Whichever textbook you decide to buy, you should, in addition, consult some of the other books on the list, together with any additional further reading that you may have been given in the form of cases, statutes, reports and journal articles.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Abbey, R and Richards, M. (2010) A Practical Approach to Conveyancing 12th ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Clarke, A and Kohler P (2006) Property law Cambridge University Press Primo search Gray, Kevin J. and Gray, Susan F. (2009) Elements of Land Law 6th ed. Oxford University Press Primo search MacKenzie, J-A. and Phillips M. (2010) Textbook on Land Law 13th ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Stroud, April (2010) Making Sense of Land Law 3rd ed. Palgrave Macmillan Limited Primo search
Recommended Text
Cursley J., Davys M. and Green K. (2009) Land Law 6th ed. Palgrave Macmillan Limited Primo search Dixon, Martin (2010) Modern Land Law 7th ed. Routledge Primo search Harpum C., Bridge S. and Dixon M. (2011) The Law of Real Property 8th ed. Sweet & Maxwell Primo search Smith, Roger J. (2009) Property Law 6th ed. Longman Primo search Thompson, M. P. (2009) Modern Land Law 4th ed. Oxford University Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6