Law with European Legal Studies
Law is concerned with the legal rules by which society is regulated and the legal system(s) in which these rules operate. It involves not only the study of legal rules, but the development of intellectual qualities such as clear, careful and independent thought; precise use of language; the capacity to analyse and solve complex problems; the ability to present arguments in a clear, reasoned and logical manner; the power to distinguish the relevant from the irrelevant; and, generally, thoroughness of inquiry.
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Programme Structure & Content
LLB (Honours) degree is based on four years of study and requires a student to gain at least 480 credits.
The courses in List A below, totalling 155 credits, are compulsory and a further 85 credits must be gained by taking an appropriate number of courses from List B.
For the LLB (Honours) degree, a student must submit an independently researched dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic and study six Honours Courses.
Students spend their third year studying abroad at the University of Maastricht in Holland, the University of Aarhus in Denmark, the University of Helsinki in Finland, the University of Leuven in Belgium, the University of Bergen in Oslo, or the University of Deusto in Spain, where law classes are taught in English. Students must have passed all their compulsory first and second year Law courses and the relevant European law courses to undertake the year abroad.
Foundations of Private Law, Legal System and Method, Foundations of Public Law, Criminal Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Contract, Non-Contractual Obligations (Delict), Legal Research and Writing, Property Law, Jurisprudence, and Legal Argument.
Family Law (15), Commercial Law (15), Commercial Organisations (15), Conveyancing (20), Succession and Trusts (10), Evidence (20), Revenue Law (20), European Union Law - Institutions and Judicial System (10), Substantive European Law (10), Private International Law (15), Forensic Medicine 1 (10), Forensic Medicine 2 (10), Public International Law (15), Introduction to French Law (15), Introduction to German Law (15), Alternative Methods of Dispute Settlement (15), Competitive Mooting 1 (5), Competitive Mooting 2 (5), Introduction to European Legal Systems (5), Introduction to Spanish Law (5), and Employment Law (10).
A Constitution for Europe, American Constitutional Law, Animal Welfare Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Commercial Law, Comparative Law, European Contract Law, Conveyancing, Copyright Designs and Allied Rights, Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Criminology, Current Issues in Legal Theory, Delict, Environmental Law, European Economic Law, European Institutions and Law, Individual Rights in European Union Law, European Legal History, Evidence, Family Law, Financial Services Law, French or German Language, Government and Law, Health and Human Rights, Industrial Property Law, Intellectual Property, International Economic Law: The World Trade Organisation, Law and Authority, International Law in a World Crises, Legal Issues in Art and Antiquities, Legal Argumentation, Legal Issues in Corporate Management, Maritime Law, Media Law, Moveable Property, Patents Law, Peoples & Indigenous Peoples and Minorities in International Law, Planning Law, Private International Law, Renewable Energy Law, Scottish Legal History, Space Law, Succession, Taxation Law, Theories of Rights, Trade Marks Law, Transational Litigation and Jurisdiction, Use of Force in International Law, Unjustified Enrichment.
To be eligible to enter Honours, students must have gained 240 credits by the end of the second year. The Honours degree allows students the opportunity to explore selected subjects more deeply through personal research and extended essay work; a particularly strong feature is the independently researched dissertation of around 10,000 words written on an approved topic chosen by the student. It offers an ideal training for students wishing to proceed to postgraduate legal research.
Teaching & Assessment
Assessment in non-Honours courses is generally by way of exams which take place at the end of the course. Assessment in Honours courses is by way of a combination of continuous assessment during the course and exams which take place at the end of the course.
Law with European Legal Studies