LW303-5-AU-CO:
Land Law

The details
2019/20
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15
05 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

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Key module for

LLB M122 English and French Law (Maitrise),
LLB M100 Law,
LLB M100MD Law,
LLB M101 Law (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M107 Law (Including Placement Year),
LLB M120 Law (Including Year Abroad),
LLB M120AF Law (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM20 Law with Human Rights,
LLB MM21 Law with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM22 Law with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
LLB ML14 Law with Politics (Including Year Abroad),
LLB ML15 Law with Politics (Including Placement Year),
LLB ML16 Law with Politics,
LLB MM00 Law with Criminology,
LLB MM01 Law with Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM02 Law with Criminology (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This 15 credit module builds on the ground laid by LW109 Foundations of Property Law and satisfies the Land Law requirement of the academic stage of professional training for those intending to practise law in England and Wales.

More generally, it provides an introduction to an area of law which is unique in its nature and importance, and which is of vital concern to everyone. It is also of considerable academic interest and will engage the intellect. In particular, land law has its own terminology which will be explained and with which students will become familiar.

Module aims

Knowledge and Understanding of:



• Trusts of land with reference to co-ownership of the family home.

• Interests including easements, leases and mortgages.

• Priority of interests in registered land.




Transferrable Skills



• Understand and evaluate complex materials.

• Develop logical and structured arguments.

• Apply knowledge to practical problems.

• Present written arguments supported by appropriate academic evidence.




Research Skills



• Identify and locate primary and secondary sources.

• Analyse and assess legal materials such as cases, statutes and journal articles.

• Identify from fact scenarios relevant legal advice supported by authority.

• Communicate through writing an understanding of the key principles of Land Law

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able:


- To understand the framework within which the property lawyer operates, and the wide range of matters this covers;

- To understand how the law has come to recognise certain types of interest in land, while refusing to protect other types;

and, most importantly,

- To appreciate the tension evident in the modern law between the opposing principles of certainty in the conveyancing process on the one hand, and social justice (especially the protection of the 'rights' of those who are not legal owners of property) on the other. This is often described as the tension between facilitating the transfer of ownership of land and the acknowledgement and protection of others' rights in that same land. The history of land law has been the history of making the transfer of land ownership and the creation and protection of different interests in the same piece of land ever easier, thus reflecting land's unique economic and social utility.

Module information

Syllabus


1 Introduction to Land Law

2 Co-ownership

3 Trusts of land

4 Proprietary estoppel

5 Leases and Licences

6 Easements

7 Mortgages

8 Registered land

Learning and teaching methods

One two-hour weekly lecture
Four fortnightly seminars

Bibliography

  • Dixon, Martin. (2018) Modern land law, New York, NY: Routledge.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Summative Essay 90%
Practical Participation 5%
Practical Preparation 5%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sam Davey, Mr Edward Mitchell, Dr Matt Stone
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

Dr Robin William John Hickey
The Queen's University of Belfast
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 148 hours, 40 (27%) hours available to students:
108 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Law (School of)

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