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LS2031: THE LAW OF PROPERTY (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This compulsory LLB course is all about things. What items can you own? How do you become owner of property? What can you do as an owner of property? What can you do with the property of other people? And so on. An understanding of Scots property law is crucial to markets, commerce and domestic life. This course will give students a broad overview of the regulation of land, moveable items and incorporeal rights like intellectual property in Scotland.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mr Malcolm Combe

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Law (LS) (Studied) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (Studied)
  • LS1022 Foundations of Private Law (Studied)
  • Either LS1021 Legal System (Studied) or LS1025 Legal System (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course builds upon the introduction to key property concepts provided in Foundations of Private Law in order to provide students with a broad knowledge of the key features of the system of heritable and movable property ownership in Scots law. In particular, it analyses the meaning of property, the main consequences of the distinction between heritable and movable property, the fundamental distinction between real and personal rights, the distinction between real right of ownership and the more factual condition of possession, the nature, content and limitations on ownership, the most important original and derivative modes of acquisition of ownership (including registration of heritable property), the basic characteristics of co-ownership and the law of the tenement, the law of servitudes, leases and securities, and the basic concepts of intellectual property law.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination (100%).
Resit: 1 two-hour examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Practice exam based on a pre-seen question.


Students receive written feedback on the essay. Students who fail the final exam have the option to go over their first paper prior to the resit. All students are advised they may contact staff at any time on issues related to the course. Feedback also occurs on an on-going basis in the form of tutors' comments on students' contributions in tutorials.

Course Learning Outcomes


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