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IFYP0019 English for Law

Module Overview

This module is designed to equip you with the specialist English legal language you will need to study law in the Semester Two Understanding Law module (IFYP0008) and subsequently as an undergraduate in the University of Southampton’s Law School. You will also be introduced to basic framework of the English legal system. You will practise the key academic study skills you will need using texts and extracts from legal textbooks, press, Internet articles and recorded lectures about the law.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • an introductory knowledge of the English legal system
  • a fundamental knowledge of key legal terminology
  • understand and analyse academic legal texts
  • understand and make notes on lectures about legal subjects
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • take part effectively in discussions and presentations about legal topics
  • write effective essays on legal subjects.


We will examine certain key topics in order to have an overall understanding of the fundamentals of the legal system in England and Wales. These may include the branches of law, the court system including the court hierarchy, historical landmarks in the development of law, Lord Denning and 20th century English law, judicial precedent, the origins of international law & its influence on English law, tort v crime, a brief overview of contract law and laws relating to homicide. There will be a particular emphasis on definitions of legal terms and acquiring a specialist legal vocabulary.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Although the twice weekly classes will involve some direct teaching there is an emphasis on student participation and you will be expected to take part in a range of activities including discussions, group work and presentations. Audio visual material including documentaries and dramas on legal themes will also be used.

Completion of assessment task40
Preparation for scheduled sessions22
Follow-up work22
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

G Slapper and D Kelly (2014). The English Legal System. 

J Walenn (2009). English For Law In Higher Education Studies. 

J Martin (2010). The English Legal System. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 40%
Presentation 40%
Written summary 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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