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LL101: Introduction to English Law

Session: One
Prerequisites: None

Introduction to English Law is an intensive course designed to introduce students to the main aspects of the English legal system and English law. The course was the first ever LSE Summer School course and over the years has attracted students from all over the world and from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Many participants are prospective law students, but the course is specifically designed to be of wider interest to those in or aspiring to fields such as finance, government, media, administration, and the social sciences and humanities generally.

Topics covered will include: the structure of the courts; the law-making process, including both statute and the operation of the common law system of judicial decisions; the organisation of the legal profession; the elements of both civil and criminal procedure; and will review the main branches of English law:

  • Contract
  • Tort
  • Property and Trusts
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law

Each year, lectures on more specialised subjects are offered, including from among the following:

  • Family Law
  • Labour Law
  • Protection of Rights
  • European Union Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Law
  • Company Law
  • Philosophy of Law


There is no set text for this course.

Course structure and assessment
Teaching takes place five days a week for five hours each day. In the first week of the course there will be a visit to the Law Courts and a walking tour of the Inns of Court and other legal sites in London led by a professional tour guide.

Lectures: 59 hours
Assessment: Two written examinations