LL109      Half Unit
Introduction to the Legal System

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Linda Mulcahy NAB 7.15


This course is compulsory on the BA in Anthropology and Law and LLB in Laws. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content


The course is designed as a foundation course to familiarize law students with the basic characteristics and functioning of legal systems.

The course will include:

1. What is law?
2. Legal pluralism
3. Reading Law: Statutory interpretation
4. Reading Law: Common law and judicial precedent
5. Reading Law: The Civil law tradition
6. The trial and adjudication
7. Bargaining in the shadow of the law
8. Alternative dispute resolution
9. Diversity and the legal profession


20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.

Indicative reading

This is a Moodle course, with the course materials, lecture outlines, class reading and suggestions for further reading set out through links to relevant sites. The main background book for the course is Carl F Stychin and Linda Mulcahy (eds), Legal Methods and Systems: Text and Materials, 4th ed (2010) Thomson (Sweet and Maxwell).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: 199

Average class size 2012/13: 12

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills