Reading law at University means learning about different parts/ areas of the law through different modules. They may be compulsory because they are required for the Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) or optional. It is important to know about the different law modules and what you can expect to learn from them.
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With that, it is firstly important to state the seven foundation subjects which are covered in any QLD:
Law of Torts
The Law of Contract
Land Law (Property Law)
Equity and Trusts
Constitutional and Administrative Law
Though the compulsory subjects may be covered in a module differing from the names above, they will all cover the same thing. For example, at the University of Sheffield, the Law of Contract and Law of Torts are both covered under the umbrella of the Law of Obligations module.
When people think of law, they associate it with courts and judges. Well, this is true when studying Criminal Law but this is not all this module has to offer. Studying the Criminal Law is much more than judges and courts. It explores the theories and institutions of criminal law and its place in a modern society. Criminal liability is a main topic that runs throughout, regardless of the crime in question. Alongside this, the criminal procedure is also a topic that is explored. This module provides an understanding of the vital principles of criminal law and controversies which shape criminal law legislations.
This module introduces civil wrongs and is followed by studying the remedies available for the harm caused to people. In other words, The Law of Torts can be described as the law of accidents and compensation. The module teaches how Tort compensation is in effect taking everything back to the original state before the accident happened.
The elements of a legally binding contract are the essential topics covered in this module. It will explain what makes a contract- an agreement, between the involved parties, able to be heard by judges in a case if there was ever a dispute over it. The module provides an overview of the requirements for the legal creation of a contract. It will include further reading into: offer, acceptance, consideration, intention to create legal relations and certainty of a contract.
Land law seems to be the module that everyone either loves or hates to study! The module covers the different theories of property and the law on property in its different contexts including economic and social. I personally loved studying intellectual property law and the transfer of shares. It quickly became clear how important it was, as it concerns everything that is happening around us. The reason some people will either love or hate land law is probably because it can be quite complex! There are a lot of intricacies to learn, but once you get there you will see how applicable this module can be.
Equity and Trusts
Land law and property law closely ties in with Equity and Trusts. Authors F H Lawson and Bernard Rudden of ‘The Law of Property’ have described Trusts to be the ‘greatest contribution to the law of property’. This module explores why and why trusts are important in the context of the family home and in businesses too. The concept of Equity and Trusts are quite complex so the Equitable Maxims are continuously referred to, enabling students to understand how an equitable decision will be operated.
European Union Law covers EU and Human Rights Law, which ties in closely with the module aforementioned due to its focus on the UK and the constitutional and administrative justice systems in the EU. For those aspiring to be like the intelligent and impressive, Human Rights Lawyer, Amal Clooney (Yes, George Clooney’s wife!), you would be glad to know that this module offers a firm foundation paving a path for the more advanced study of a range of areas of public law.
This module explores the nature and structure of the British Constitution as well as how it operates. You will consider the relationship between the legislative, executive and judicial outlets of the government. These powers are studied against each other to consider which state power is subject to control and limit. This module is particularly enjoyed by aspiring Government lawyers due to its relevant content.
I hope this has given an insightful preview into the different law modules at University and what you can learn from them, seeing as studying law is not as straight forward as learning rules from a textbook. I hope that you are now able to see different areas of law in a wider context, and you never know, you may be able to offer your own theories to certain concepts of the law!
Author: Ina France Monponbanua
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