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LLB (Hons) Common Law

Anglia Ruskin University
Online distance learning

On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded an LLB (Hons) Common Law.

both primary and secondary legal sources which are current, credible and authoritative in supporting your studies. The module will also introduce you to being part of an online academic community. 2. English Legal System

Awarding Body
Anglia Ruskin University

offences, the range of theft offences and also property offences, including blackmail. These will allow you to consider and apply the breadth of issues relating to criminal law, evaluate the law, and reach an understanding on the common principles and evolution of criminal law. 5. Law and Ethics The aim of this module is to introduce you to the key principles of jurisprudence in relation to ethics. It also aims to begin the process of professional preparation at the earliest possible stage and to provide a foundation upon which subsequent stages can be built. There are many possible outcomes that are consistent with this aspiration, relating broadly to the knowledge, skills, attitudes and motivation of prospective entrants to the profession. The module will explore civil and human rights: life, liberty and security of person; equality before the law and discrimination and diversity. The module will study fundamental constitutional principles, such as the separation of powers and the rule of law. The process of education, training and conduct will also be examined together with the professional values and regulatory bodies that underpin the legal profession. 6. Fundamentals of Constitutional & Administrative Law This module aims to introduce you to the structure and functions of the State and the relationship between the State and the individual. The UK constitution is not a single document (as in the US) but is instead the combination of numerous powers and customs based on the traditional role of the Monarch. Much of this power is now exercised by the Parliament and the Government and this interaction between the organs of the State forms the basis of the first part of the module. This module also provides an insight into how the law, as drafted by the Parliament, impacts on the individual and the remedies available when the powers of the State are abused.

Course Description
This programme will enable you to acquire knowledge, understanding and a range of practical skills relating to the discipline and study of law, which are applicable to a range of legal and non-legal sectors, and in a variety of geographical and cultural settings. Simultaneously you will develop a range of transferable skills that will aid you as you pursue a law-related career or further relevant study. This LLB programme does not have qualifying status. This means that students who wish to subsequently take the Legal Practice Course or Bar Vocational Course will need to complete a 1-year CPE/GDL before doing so.

The purpose of this module is to provide you with a firm grounding in the basis of the English Legal System, including its history, evolution and the manner in which the legal system is shaped and formed. The module will set the legal scene providing a solid platform of knowledge. It will cover the main sources, their evolution, key institutions, roles played by characters in the legal system and their associated theories and discussion points. This will include assessing the advantages and limitations of the sources, their practical implementation and how each has shaped the evolution of the legal system enabling more detailed critique of the issues to emerge. The impact of the EU on the legal system will also be included, both in its own right as a source of law, and its wider influence over other sources. 3. Law of Contract This module provides a foundation of the basic principles relating to the formation of contracts. The aim of this module is to provide an overview of English contract law and also considers the European dimension. This subject develops the idea of consensus and the rules and principles governing enforceability, performance and discharge of contracts. You are introduced to common law and equitable principles as well as relevant legislation. In addition to studying black letter law you are encouraged to critically assess the law and to evaluate it in its social, political and economic context. 4. Criminal Law

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Course Content (Modules)

Comprises three stages; six modules in Level 4, of which Modules 1 and 2 are co-requisites and need to be studied together; six modules in Level 5; and seven modules in Level 6, of which two are optional modules.

Level 4
1. Foundations in Legal Skills The module is designed to provide you with the necessary academic, legal and personal development skills to facilitate your current and future study of law. The module will also develop key study skills and encourage you to reflect critically on your own performance and identify the steps needed to improve your own learning and performance. You will also be introduced to using legal databases, such as Westlaw, in accessing

The purpose of this module is to provide you with a firm grounding in the basis of criminal law, covering the range of criminal offences. The module will focus on the fundamentals of criminal law and establishing liability for offences, including specific tests, key doctrines, exclusions and strict liability. It will then assess potential defences to liability, circumstances in which they can apply and the evolution of criminal law. The module will provide the specific legal principles and detail on non-fatal offences against the person, homicides and sexual

Level 5
1. Law of Tort The law of tort encompasses a range of civil actions and operates as a compensation system. Unlike the criminal law, which determines guilt, tort seeks to apportion liability and award damages to compensate the injured party.


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Part I of this module aims to introduce you to the most prominent area of tortious liability negligence, and the elements which are required to establish liability are examined in detail. Part II of this module aims to introduce you to the other forms of tortious liability including: occupiers liability, trespass (to land and to the person), defamation and nuisance. In all cases, the module seeks to develop a critical awareness of the issues which underpin the adversarial process and to develop the analytical and presentation skills involved in undertaking such cases. As the numbers of personal injury claims continue to rise and new areas of liability emerge, tort continues to be a crucial area of legal study. 2. Land Law This module seeks to provide you with a broad introduction to the fundamental principles of land law including the concept of proprietary interests and the concept of competing priorities of interests in land. The module has been developed bearing in mind the fundamental point that the law relating to land is unique because land is unique. No one piece of land is the same as another and so the law as developed over the last 900 and more years reflects that fact. Although in history land law is about large interests, the subject changed in the 20th century as the owner-occupier replaced the landlord as the dominant figure; in the later part of the century the owner-occupier couple replaces the single, usually male, owner. In the 21st century we may, for economic reasons, be seeing a return to the landlord tenant relationship as the dominant feature. Although the subject is rooted in history it has enormous contemporary relevance. The module content stresses the contemporary nature of land law and historical material is only used where it is necessary to understand current land law principles. 3. European Union Law This module aims to introduce you to the general constitutional and legislative structure of the European Union, and to provide you with a sound knowledge of the function and application of European Union Law (EU) in the areas of free movement of goods, the free movement of workers, freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide

services throughout the Member States. It also aims to equip you with an ability to look for, and deal with, the European dimensions present in various situations. The module will explain the primary and secondary sources of EU law and will examine the ordinary legislative procedure, other decision making processes and the concepts of direct and indirect effect. The module will explain the key principles behind free movement of people. It will also examine the concept of State Liability and discuss how EU Law may be enforced. 4. Legal Research Methods Building on the skills, knowledge and understanding developed at Level 4, this module is intended as preparation for the dissertation and as such will lead you through the process of a research project in law employing a variety of exercises culminating in an individual presentation of a dissertation proposal on an area of comparative law. You are required to show an informed and at the same time critical understanding of the fundamental legal principles which apply to research, including a consideration of comparative research, developing advanced level skills, reaching an understanding of research strategies and ethics. 5. Becoming a Reflective Learner This module offers you the opportunity to evaluate your progress in your studies and reflect upon your strengths and weaknesses. A thorough review of progress will be carried out, allowing you to draw upon your personal perceptions and those of your subject tutors. You will consider how to develop your experience so that you can broaden and deepen your skills to fulfil your future needs and improve performance. As a result of discussions and personal reflection you will identify learning and experiential needs to promote your progress. You will research possible activities to enhance your learning, and investigate future contributions in support of your work. 6. Civil Liberties & Human Rights Civil Liberties aims to introduce you to the respective roles of State and individual in areas such as police powers and civil liberties such as freedom of assembly and association, and freedom of expression. It creates an opportunity to examine the Human Rights

Act 1998 and the growing significance of the European Convention rights for the UK citizen. With issues such as European integration and state security currently in the news this continues to be a crucial area of legal study which prepares you for much of your subsequent studies.

Level 6
1. Equity and Trusts This modules aim is to help you gain an understanding of the area of equity and trusts and the role it plays within law and society. You will be introduced to the basic principles and remedies of Equity and the law of Trusts. You are also encouraged to reflect upon the continued evolution of the law of Equity and Trusts. During this module you will consider: an introduction to Equity including the equitable maxims, what remedies are offered by Equity and how these differ from other remedies. You will also consider how trusts work within a family scenario; How Express Trusts and their creations apply, including the three certainties, secret and half secret trusts and the way these are applied in practical scenarios. 2. Skills for Employability & the Workplace The purpose of this module is to develop skills relevant to the workplace and enhancing employability. You will be required to think about your future career plans, and the skills that you will require to successfully achieve your ambitions. The concept of employability will be explained, with an explanation of how that can be enhanced. You will then be introduced to a number of different skills which are related to employability. Each of the skills will be explained, with practical examples of the development and application of those skills. The skills will be linked to workplace situations so that the importance of the skill can be understood. You will be taught important skills relating to the management of people, including being a leader and being part of a team. 3. International Commercial Law The aim of this module is to introduce you to the laws governing the trading of goods on the international marketplace. It aims to examine the development and influence of the laws governing export trading, legal

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relationships between the parties, the nature of the particular types of contracts and the rights and liabilities that arise. Emphasis is placed on the practical implications of these laws for individuals and companies trading internationally. You will also cover the domestic legal position relating to commercial contracts in the UK before moving on to the international perspective and considering international agreements and the issue of dealing with conflicts when they arise. 4. Intellectual Property Law The purpose of this module is to provide you with knowledge of the law relating to intellectual property rights, how these rights are established and the law relating to their protection. You will consider the background to intellectual property and its recent growth and importance, particularly through the use of the internet. This will assist you in understanding the different parts of IP law, and how these can fit together. The module will provide particular focus on a number of property issues, predominantly the legal principles and considerations which shape and govern IP law, using real life examples; also, the module places great emphasis on IP rights and the protection of these rights through a variety of means, leading to enforcement and remedies. 5. Employment Law The purpose of the module is to enable you to develop an understanding of the various rights, obligations, responsibilities and potential liabilities arising from the employment relationship, as well as to gain an appreciation of the wider social, economic and political context within which the legal rules operate. This will help you to further develop your skills, particularly of advocacy and negotiation, when dealing with procedures for the enforcement of rights. The module topics cover all the key areas of employment law. You will be introduced to the tests of employment status, and issues associated with the contract of employment. The key topics of dismissal and discrimination will be addressed. The module also looks at issues associated with trade unions and industrial conflict. This helps to link the module back to the important issues relating to the employment relationship. 6. Company Law The module is designed to provide you with an understanding and a grasp of the essentials of substantive Company Law. It is intended to give you the understanding and skills to deal confidently with any aspect of Company Law. This module aims to cover the general principles of Company Law. The module examines the various structures through which businesses may be run; the method of

establishing and running a company; ways of financing and conducting the affairs of a company; the duties and rights of directors; shareholder rights; insolvency. 7. Comparative Law Research Project Working in conjunction with the supervising tutor, you will identify the precise area to be researched. Building on previous studies of Research Methods, you will develop and apply critical researcher skills, both with regard to methodological justification and subject specific issues. The content materials of this module are not substantial but will pull together the previous study of Legal Research Methods in a comparative law context. The content is geared towards support at the point of need as you will work under the close supervision of a member of the LLB team with interest in the area.

instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

We recommend an average of 15 hours study time per week for this programme.

Students will undertake a range of assessments, including essays, case studies, portfolios, narrated presentations, problem scenarios, and examinations.

Where appropriate, applicants are entitled to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL). Exemptions may be granted in respect of other qualifications subject to the Universitys APCL regulations. It is not intended to provide exemption via APEL.

Duration of Programme
This course is expected to be completed within 4.5 years. However, our online distance learning students have flexibility in setting their own pace of study, which means that the course can be completed in a minimum period of 3 years.

How to Apply
In addition to the completed application form: Original or certified copies of your certificates and/or transcripts Two suitable references. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years) Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English.

Entry Requirements:
Two Subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; or Completion of a recognised Access Programme or equivalent. English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 if English is not the first language. Applications without these qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, and you are encouraged to submit your application accompanied by a personal statement (of between 350-500 words) that addresses your motivation for undertaking the programme, references, relevant prior experience and qualifications. Applicants holding an HND or equivalent may be admitted into Level 6 of the programme provided that the totality of their learning experience would allow them to achieve the aims of the programme.

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Whats Included
RDIs virtual learning environment, ilearn, is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment

What You Could Study Next

Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: Anglia Ruskin University MBA (Law)


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