Land Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
05 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

LLB M100MS Law,
LLB M103 Law (Senior Status),
LLB MV16 Law with Philosophy,
LLB MV18 Law with Philosophy (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MV19 Law with Philosophy (Including Placement Year),
LLB MN00 Law with Business,
LLB MN01 Law with Business (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN02 Law with Business (Including Placement Year),
LLB MN10 Law with Finance,
LLB MN11 Law with Finance (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN12 Law with Finance (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


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


  • 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 16/01/2020 90%
Practical Preparation 5%
Practical Participation 5%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


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



External examiner

Dr Robin William John Hickey
The Queen's University of Belfast
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 52 hours, 40 (76.9%) hours available to students:
12 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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