Introduction to English Law

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Law
  • Application code SS-LL101
  • Starting 2018

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.

Session: One
Dates: 18 June - 6 July 2018
Lecturer: Dr Meredith Rossner


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 100 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: Two written examinations

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment



Programme structure

The course will cover 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

Course outcomes

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, as well as prospective law students.


LSE Law has excelled once again in the UK’s nationwide assessment of research quality, impact and environment. The Research Excellence Framework results published in December 2014 show that LSE Law is the UK’s number one law school for legal research.

The 2015 QS World University faculty rankings for Law also place the LSE in the world’s top ten for the subject, making it London’s best Law School.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s law faculty. 

Reading materials

There is no set text for this course

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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