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LS2031: THE LAW OF PROPERTY (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jonathan Ainslie

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

  • One of Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5 or () or Bachelor of Laws (Accelerated)
  • One of LS1025 Legal System (Studied) or () or Bachelor of Laws (Accelerated)
  • One of LS1022 Foundations of Private Law (Studied) or () or Bachelor of Laws (Accelerated)
  • Either Law (LS) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

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

Alternative Assessment

1 x Essay (40%)

1 x Essay (60%)

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resit failed element in same format


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

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