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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week One | Introduction to the English Legal System

Welcome to the first week of the course. Week 1 is an overview of the English legal system. We will consider the history of the common law, and look at what it means to say that English law is a common law system. We will also explore some important themes in common law....
Reading
7 videos (Total 17 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Welcome to Week 1m
Key features of English law2m
The origins of common law3m
Common law and equity3m
Themes in common law3m
End of Week Summarym
Reading7 readings
Terminology Explainer10m
What is law?15m
The Magna Carta5m
Recent legal history10m
Historical traditions10m
Common law and civil law systems20m
Types of law and classifications20m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Key dates in legal history10m
End of Week 1 Quiz10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week Two | Constitutional Principles of the English Legal System

Welcome to the second week of the course. This week will introduce you to the British Constitution and identify its sources. Week 2 will also look at the fundamental constitutional principles which underpin the English Legal System. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 13 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
The sources of the British constitution4m
Rule of Law1m
Separation of Powers3m
End of Week Summarym
Reading5 readings
Parliamentary Sovereignty15m
Optional activity: Lord Bingham and the Rule of Law10m
Entick v Carrington and the principle of legality10m
Optional Activity: Professor Jowell and the Rule of Law10m
Optional further reading5m
Quiz2 practice exercises
The British constitution10m
End of Week 2 Quiz10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week Three | The Court System

Welcome to the third week of the course. This week we'll look at how the court system works in England. We'll think about different courts in the system, and also other methods of resolving legal disputes. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 14 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
The structure of the courts3m
The civil courts2m
The criminal courts2m
Online courts: The courts of the future?2m
End of Week Summary1m
Reading8 readings
Structure of the courts diagram5m
The Supreme Court20m
More on the civil courts10m
More on the criminal courts15m
Tribunals10m
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)15m
Mediation10m
Optional further reading5m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Name the ADR method5m
End of Week 3 Quiz10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week Four | Statutes

Welcome to the fourth week of the course. This week will introduce you to statutes or Acts of Parliament, one of the most important sources of English law. Week 4 will cover how statutes are made and the different ways they are interpreted by the courts. You'll also consider whether statutes should be simplified. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 15 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
What is a statute?2m
The problem of language4m
The traditional approach of the courts3m
The modern approach of the courts (1)2m
End of Week Summary1m
Reading6 readings
Constitutional statutes10m
How are statutes made?10m
More on how statutes are made10m
The modern approach of the courts (2)10m
Making statutes simpler15m
Optional further reading5m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Name the type of legislation5m
Name the approach to statutory interpretation5m
End of Week 4 Quiz10m

Instructors

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Charlotte Crilly

Teaching Fellow
University of London Undergraduate Laws
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Eloise Ellis

Senior Lecturer
University of London

About University of London

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