Overview of MA Law Modules

Embarking on a journey into the legal realm through the MA Law programme entails delving into a diverse array of modules, each designed to provide a thorough understanding of fundamental legal principles and practices. Let's embark on an in-depth exploration of each module, unraveling the complexities and nuances that underpin the legal landscape.

Commercial Law
This module encompasses the legal framework governing business transactions and commercial relationships. From contracts and sales of goods to consumer protection and corporate finance, this module delves into the intricate regulations that govern commercial activities. Students gain insights into the legal rights and obligations of parties involved in commercial transactions, as well as mechanisms for resolving disputes in the business sphere.

Company Law
This module delves into the legal structures and regulations governing corporate entities. Students explore the formation, management, and dissolution of companies, as well as the rights and responsibilities of shareholders and directors. Topics may include corporate governance, shareholder disputes, and the legal implications of corporate actions such as mergers and acquisitions.

Contract Law
This module examines the principles and rules governing agreements between parties, exploring the formation, interpretation, and enforcement of contracts. Students delve into the essential elements of a contract, including offer, acceptance, consideration, and intention to create legal relations. Through case studies and legal analysis, students gain a comprehensive understanding of contractual rights and remedies.

Criminal Law
This module focuses on offences against the state and individuals, exploring the principles of criminal liability, defences, and the criminal justice system. Students study a range of criminal offences, from homicide and assault to theft and fraud, examining the elements of each offence and the legal principles governing criminal liability. Additionally, students explore procedural aspects of criminal law, including arrest, trial, and sentencing.

English Legal System
This module provides students with an overview of the structure, institutions, and operation of the legal system in England and Wales. From the judiciary and legal professions to sources of law and dispute resolution mechanisms, students gain insights into the foundational elements of the legal system. Topics may include the role of precedent, statutory interpretation, and the relationship between common law and equity.

Equity and Trusts
This module delves into the principles of fairness and the legal framework governing trusts and equitable remedies. Students explore the creation, administration, and termination of trusts, as well as fiduciary duties and equitable remedies such as injunctions and specific performance. Topics may also include the equitable doctrines of estoppel and undue influence.

EU Law
This module examines the legal framework of the European Union and its impact on domestic law and legal practice. Students explore the principles of EU law, including the supremacy of EU law, the principles of direct effect and supremacy, and the free movement of goods, persons, services, and capital. Additionally, students examine EU competition law and the legal implications of Brexit on EU-UK relations.

This module delves into the rules and principles governing the admissibility, presentation, and evaluation of evidence in legal proceedings. Students explore types of evidence, including witness testimony, documentary evidence, and expert opinion, as well as rules governing hearsay, character evidence, and privilege. Additionally, students examine the burden of proof, standards of proof, and the role of the judge and jury in evaluating evidence.

Family Law
This module focuses on legal issues arising from familial relationships, including marriage, divorce, child custody, and parental rights and responsibilities. Students explore the legal framework governing marriage and civil partnerships, as well as the grounds and procedures for divorce and dissolution. Additionally, students examine child welfare laws, parental rights, and the legal principles governing financial support and property division upon separation.

Land Law
This module delves into the legal principles governing the ownership, use, and transfer of land and property. Students explore concepts such as estates and interests in land, easements, covenants, and land registration. Additionally, students examine the legal implications of leases, mortgages, and land-use regulations, gaining insights into the complexities of property law.

Public Law
This module examines the relationship between individuals and the state, exploring constitutional principles, administrative law, and human rights law. Students explore the powers and limitations of governmental institutions, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Additionally, students examine the principles of judicial review, the protection of individual rights, and the legal mechanisms for holding public authorities accountable.

Tort Law
This module focuses on civil wrongs and liabilities arising from wrongful acts or omissions. Students explore principles of negligence, trespass, nuisance, and strict liability, as well as the legal remedies available to injured parties, including damages and injunctions. Additionally, students examine the evolution of tort law through case law and statutory developments, gaining insights into the role of tort law in addressing societal harms and promoting accountability.

In summary, the MA Law programme offers a comprehensive curriculum that equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of the legal landscape. Through a rigorous exploration of each module, students gain a profound understanding of fundamental legal principles and practices, preparing them for success in legal practice, further study, or a myriad of other career pathways.
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