LL109 Half Unit
Introduction to the Legal System
This information is for the 2016/17 session.
Dr Meredith Rossner and Ms Insa Koch
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.
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. The trial and adjudication
4. The Legal profession
5. Lay participation in justice
6. Reading Law: Statutory interpretation
7. Reading Law: Common law and judicial precedent
8. Reading Law: Persuasive Authority
9. Reading Law: The Civil Law tradition
10. Alternative dispute resolution
11. Access to justice
20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.
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.
Total students 2015/16: 192
Average class size 2015/16: 13
Capped 2015/16: Yes (225)
Lecture capture used 2015/16: Yes (MT)
Value: Half Unit
- Specialist skills
Course survey results
(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 85%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)