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LS1025: LEGAL SYSTEM (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:22


Course Overview

This course introduces the fundamental components and characteristics of the Scottish legal system. It includes a study skills programme which covers different facets of the study of law along with a series of practical workshops which introduce key legal information sources (both electronic and paper) and appropriate search strategies. Lectures and tutorials will cover topics such as the Scottish legal tradition, formal sources of Scots law, the legislative process, organisation of the courts, judicial precedent, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, the European legal order, legal services and access to justice.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Douglas Bain

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • One of Law (LS) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) or Master Of Arts In Criminology-Sociology
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course introduces the fundamental components and characteristics of the Scottish legal system, including the Scottish legal tradition, the formal sources of Scots law, the legislative process, statutory interpretation, the organisation of the courts, judicial precedent, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, the European legal order, legal services and access to justice. The course will include distinctive features of legal literature; key primary, secondary and tertiary UK legal information sources; search strategies for efficient and effective searching and updating of information; use of both paper and electronic resources; academic writing; use of authority; legal citation and referencing.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

 

Case Note 20%

MCT 20%

Online Exam 60%

 

Resit 

Online Exam 100%

Formative Assessment

Mandatory Library Exercise

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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