English Law Course | Varsity Education

English Law

An introduction to the theory and the study of Law

The English Law course at Varsity Education is designed to introduce students to undergraduate level jurisprudence. Whilst many students on this course are considering English Law as a vocation, some choose to study the subject purely for its value as an academic discipline.

The syllabus will cover two key areas of English Law – Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. The small group classes allow students to consider and debate fundamental social concepts that are essential to our understanding of the English legal system, such as justice, liberty and rights.

Students will be asked to reflect on the permanent questions on the nature of law. During the course, they will consider the political and historical significance of law, justice and public morality.

Topics may include:

  • Written and unwritten constitutions
  • Political and legal constitutions
  • The rule of law
  • Freedom of expression
  • The changing constitution
  • The principles of criminal law
  • The intention of a criminal act
  • The devolution in the United Kingdom

It’s a common misconception to think that those studying English Law will simply learn the law and then regurgitate the information. Instead, Law students will be taught how to use their knowledge of the law to construct a legal argument. This is a task that requires both creativity and precision in order to be convincing. Students quickly learn that studying jurisprudence also requires you to engage critically with other academic disciplines, such as history, philosophy and economics.

Students develop their critical and analytical skills over the course of the programme through primary sources, such as statutes and cases. Our course helps students develop and use their technical vocabulary, develop legal writing skills and apply the law to resolve complex problems. Students will also get to visit a law court to see the justice system in action, and talk to a real barrister to find out about the career options available for prospective lawyers.

Students who complete this course will be able to evaluate the state of the law in any given context, and explore the social objectives the law may serve. Students will leave the course with a deep understanding of both constitutional and criminal law and will be able to construct legally sound arguments concisely and articulately.

“Academically, my favourite aspect was the debates we had with our teacher in law classes. It caused my mind to think in ways I never thought before, expanding beyond the norms of questioning and answering.”

– Josephine

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