English Legal System and Method

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    English Legal System and Method

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful prior study of law

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module provides the incoming level 5 student with sufficient understanding of the
    English legal system (ELS) ? courts, procedure and sources of law ? in order to make
    sense of their legal studies. It also provides a toolkit of legal method, meaning skills for
    legal research and writing in their other academic legal studies and in legal practice.

    Topics covered include:

    Autumn Semester:
    ? Introduction
    ? Sources of law
    ? Civil courts
    ? Criminal courts
    ? Precedent
    ? Statutory interpretation
    ? Civil procedure,
    ? Criminal procedure 1
    ? Criminal procedure 2

    Spring Semester:
    ? Alternatives to the civil courts
    ? Legal profession
    ? Judges
    ? Juries
    ? Magistrates
    ? Revision/exam technique

    Teaching: 1-hour lectures and 2-hour seminars

    ? 1.5 hour unseen Exam (50%)
    ? Coursework (50%):
    ? A slim portfolio evidencing legal and transferable research and writing
    skills, such as Westlaw and Lexis certificates, a brief piece of legal
    drafting, case and/or statute analysis, and self-marked tests on
    precedent and statutory interpretation, citations and using a law library.
    STUDY OPTION 2: Alternative Assessment: Coursework assignment (TBC)
    STUDY OPTION 3: Alternative Assessment: Coursework assignment (TBC)

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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