Land Law

Module summary

Module code: LAW1142
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminology
Module Coordinator(s): Justin Brunskell



To test the students’ performance against the educational objectives of breadth, depth and synthesis of knowledge in this area of Land Law; to train students in problem solving skills (the application of knowledge to factual scenarios), research skills, and in reading and understanding complex formal legal documents.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Describe and explain important aspects of the Law of England and Wales relating to rights and interests over land.
2. Apply the relevant law to factual scenarios.
3. Research at an appropriate level for a level 5 law student into this area of law using a variety of primary and secondary sources both paper and electronic.
4. Read and understand complex legal documents relating to land law, for example registers of title.
5. Write both time-limited and word-limited assignments at an appropriate level for a level 5 law student.
6. Reflect on your learning in class and on feedback from assignments.

Indicative content

• Legal estates in Land.
• Equitable interests .
• Incorporeal hereditaments.
• Adverse possession.
• Leasehold estates.
• Mortgages.
• Third Party Rights in Land.
• Transfer and registration.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars and self-directed learning under supervision, web forums support some assessments. Seminars will be designed to teach a variety of skills including independent research, group work, case studies, presentations, practical exercises and problem solving, supervised practical sessions tutorials formative assessment other scheduled time Guided independent study Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision and Independent coursework.


Method of Summative Assessment: Register Comprehension.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5&6.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 20%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: n/a.
Outline Details: Seen MCQ based on a case study including a legal document, which is used for both formative and summative assessment. Students are encouraged to ask questions and undertake independent research during the preparation period, but must reproduce answers under timed conditions.

Method of Summative Assessment: Problem based research Essay.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5&6.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 30%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: 2500 words.
Outline Details: Problem solving assignment requiring independent research and application of relevant law on a subject which will not be lectured. Research log completed as the student works.

Method of Summative Assessment: Exam.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2&5.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 50%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: n/a.
Outline Details: 2 hour Unseen examination paper comprising 4 questions out of which 2 must be attempted.

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the course.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Seminar questions and research tasks.