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Introduction to English Law and Legal Method Short Course

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Law plays a significant role in the structure and organisation of human affairs and is in large part responsible for the maintenance of order in society. It is a fascinating area of study and useful within many job roles and industries.

Why choose this course?

Our Introduction to English Law and Legal Method short course is tutored by professional lawyers and provides the ideal balance between lectures and group work. It is aimed at those without formal legal training but with an interest in the law or a requirement for some understanding of the legal process within their role.

With classes delivered weekly from our Central London University students can be assured of the quality and convenience of all our courses.

Course overview

This Introduction to English Law and Legal Method short course provides detailed description of how legal rules are made and applied, along with an overview of the workings of the twin pillars of state, the courts and the constitution.

The English Law and Legal Method short course covers areas such as:

  • Parliamentary legislation;
  • The doctrine of precedent;
  • Equitable principles;
  • Legal terminology;
  • Law reporting.

The significance of European Union membership and the impact of Human Rights Law are also considered.

  • “ the course is good as an introduction to law in Uk and the teacher was knowledeable and easy to talk to ”


    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Over the course of 10 weekly evening classes on the the English Law and Legal Method course, you will learn:

  • To understand the sources of English law and the English legal system.
  • To understand the position of English Law in relation to the European legislation.
  • To understand the impact on English law of the Human Rights Act 1998.
  • To interpret a statute.
  • To interpret a UK law report.
  • To interpret a  law report from the European Court of Justice.

Topics covered

  • Parliamentary legislation law of equity
  • How to find and read case and statute law
  • The civil legal system
  • The criminal legal system
  • Judiciary/jury/funding
  • EU law
  • Human rights law
  • Advocacy and Tribunals



Prerequisite knowledge

This English Law short course is open to all with an interest in and enthusiasm for law studies.

No formal qualifications are required, though students will be expected to apply their initiative in sourcing, researching and analysing law reports and parliamentary legislation.

Our English Law short course provides a great opportunity to cover a wide range of legal topics in a flexible evening course over 10-weeks.

English requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

There will be a series of ten lectures, with scope for students to engage in class discussion on individual topics.

There are no formal assessments though students will be invited to submit a piece of written work on a topic of their choice. In-class tests and student presentations are encouraged.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

  • Slapper & Kelly: The English Legal System: Routledge: 2015
  • Bradney: How to Study Law: Sweet and Maxwell 2014

Online resources: - (An excellent source of general information on English law) - (The British and Irish Legal Information Institute) - (Judgments from the highest court in the land)

Tutor information

  • Nasreen Choudhury

    Nasreen Choudhury, a non-practicing solicitor, came onto the Roll of Solicitors in 2004 and previously practiced as a solicitor in the areas of welfare, immigration, family and criminal law.

    Nasreen has worked in private practice and for non-governmental agencies representing clients in high profile cases up to and including at the High Court.