Foundations of Law module (LW11010)

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20

Module code

LW11010

Foundations of Law

Aims

This module aims to introduce you to the fundamental precepts of law and fundamental legal and other transferable skills that you need to undertake degree level legal studies.

Examples of content

  • What law is – an introduction; rules - their structure and nature
  • Law and the state; introduction to the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Courts and tribunals – court hierarchies and the relationship between courts and tribunals
  • Formal sources of law – significance of “sources”; nature of precedent, legislation and the minor sources
  • Precedent: ratio decidendi, stare decisis – what they are, how they are created, how they are used and how to find them
  • Legislation: UK, Scottish, Northern Irish, (other) delegated, and European Community legislation – what they are, how they are created, how they are used and how to find them
  • Delivery of legal services – structure and function of the legal professions; professional standards, regulation of the legal profession and ethical behaviour alternative means of delivery, dispute resolution and professional ethics
  • Legal Argument and Mooting

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