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The Legal System of England and Wales

Duration 10 weekly meetings
Tutor Mark Gorman
Course code LAW24A5458A
Fee £196
Concessionary fee £157 (find out about eligibility and funding options)

50-51 Park Place
CF10 3AT

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This module provides a knowledge and understanding of the legal system of England and Wales, its sources, practices and procedures, and personnel.

During the course you will discuss the impact of legislation, precedent, statutory interpretation, devolved powers and Human Rights legislation and consider recent and proposed reforms to the English and Welsh legal system.

On successful completion of the module a student will be able to:

  • relate provided material and material individually researched to the topics studied
  • show an understanding of the topics through explanations in both written and oral form
  • consider arguments/opinions and show an understanding and knowledge of relevant  legal authorities
  • develop own learning through reading and research of topics under study
  • be aware of how and why the particular cases and legislation are used in given topics

Reading suggestions

  • Understanding Law, R. Vanstone (Longman Press)
  • Learning the Law, G. Williams (Sweet & Maxwell)
  • English Law,  K. Smith & D. Keenan (Longman Press)
  • English Legal System,  G. Slapper & D. Kelly (Cavendish Publishing)
  • English Legal System,  K. Malleson (Butterworth)
  • Cases and Materials on the English Legal System, M. Zander (Butterworth)

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.