You will develop your knowledge of all aspects of law at lectures, seminars and workshops and supplement this with your own independent study. Lectures may be interactive and are designed to stimulate thinking and facilitate understanding. Seminars are small group discussions which you will need to prepare for in advance. Here you will learn to analyse legal principles and apply them to practical situations, assess competing arguments and choose between alternative approaches. Workshops are used to enhance a range of skills and focus on specific areas of expertise. Group work and moots (pretend courts) will hone your verbal arguing and presentation skills.
The programme will also teach you to engage in legal research, and to review information from academic sources, journals and electronic resources. As you progress, you will have the opportunity to do your own research into an aspect of law which the course may not have covered. The programme also includes career and networking events and talks by guest speakers from the legal profession.
You will be assessed through exams, moots (pretend courts), presentations and coursework. We will be looking at your knowledge and analysis of legal principles in different areas of law, and also your ability to conduct effective research, your understanding, analysis and use of source materials, your ability to assess competing legal arguments, and your capacity to recognise potential conclusions for situations and give reasons for them. You will be expected to write clearly, succinctly and accurately and use accurate legal terminology. We will also be looking at your verbal arguing skills and your ability to work in a team for moots and presentations.
Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information: http://www.mdx.ac.ae/life-at-university/academic-calendar
Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
Note: Both core and optional modules are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance because too few students opt for it. Middlesex University reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.
- Year 1
- Public Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory Module aims: To examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State; To provide student awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State; To consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK.
- Legal Method (30 Credits) - Compulsory This module aims to broaden and expand students understanding of the common law system, legal reasoning, case analysis, the judicial hierarchy, handling precedents and statutory interpretation. After studying this module, students will comprehend the basic principles and debates underpinning the position of the courts in the UK constitution; appreciate how to read a case and be able to pick out its material facts and ratio, as well as distinguish this from obiter dicta and develop an understanding of the different rules and approaches that courts use to interpret statutes. The module will also provide the students with a grounding in legal ethics so as to instill a basic understanding of a lawyer s duties toward their clients and the court.
- Contract Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory The module aims to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, focusing on the main principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to contract law. This will act as a firm foundation for subsequent law modules as well as for postgraduate and professional study after the programme. The module also aims to develop students competence in the analysis and solution of legal problems, to develop their legal research skills and to recognise the relationship between the law of contract and other areas of English and European law.
- English Legal System (30 Credits) - Compulsory Module aims: to enable the student to develop an understanding of the English legal system and how it works in order to provide a foundation for the further study of law; to examine the nature and function of legal institutions and the role of the legal profession within the English legal system and explore the provision of legal services and methods of alternative dispute resolution. Students will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.
- Year 2
- Tort (30 Credits) - Compulsory This module aims to provide a general knowledge and understanding of tort law and lay a sound foundation upon which to develop knowledge, skills and competencies needed for the Vocational Stage of legal education and training, and subsequent careers in legal practice or higher qualifications in law. The study of case law will develop skills in extracting and communicating the meaning of written reports. Students will be challenged to achieve a higher level of understanding and application of the law in practice and attention will be given to the ethical issues that can arise.
- EU Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the legal system of the European Union EU and of the rules governing the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU s internal market; to apply knowledge of EU law to the analysis of legal issues and to develop the student s skills of information retrieval from a range of sources, in accordance with the requirements of the Joint Academic Stage Board for the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. The module includes the study of the history and development of the EU, the EU s institutional framework, sources of EU law and law-making procedures, the main substantive principles underlying EU Law and the relationship between EU law and national law. An exhaustive overview of the jurisdiction of the EU courts will also be offered. The key principles governing the free movement of goods, persons and services and capital will also be covered.
- Criminal Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory The module enables students to acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of criminal law, including a detailed knowledge of the key principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to criminal law. Students will develop skills in the analysis and solution of legal problems and in researching case law and statute law in relation to criminal law, while recognising the relations between criminal law and other areas of law.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution and Legal Ethics (30 Credits) - Optional
- UK and European Human Rights Law (30 Credits) - Optional This module aims to explore human rights in an international, historical and comparative perspective. Students will be introduced to the rationale for this body of law and to major themes in international human rights jurisprudence. This course aims to introduce students to contemporary human rights issues in the theory and practice of international relations and within domestic jurisdictions. Special attention will be paid to the European Convention of Human Rights and its impact in the United Kingdom, in particular issues arising from the incorporation of the European regime through the Human Rights Act. In addition, the seminars and lectures will address specific human rights to provide students with in depth analysis of the application of human rights to factual scenarios. The course is designed to maximise students career potential, providing them with an insight into the extent to which universally protected values, articulated as legal claims impact domestic jurisdictions. The course also seeks to critically evaluate those values, their universal validity, and their implementation at regional level with the view of broadening students knowledge of law and to becoming sensitive to other values and normative regimes.
- Consumers and the Law (30 Credits) - Optional Module aims: to build on the students previous studies in law and to examine the general principles underlying the legal protection given to consumers under both the civil and the criminal law and the many ways those principles are applied. Students will also gain knowledge of areas of central importance in consumer protection and will be encouraged to explore the relevant social and business context within which the law operates. A key purpose of the module is training in writing, presentation and research.
- Year 3
- Land Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory Module aims: to provide a critical understanding of the law in the context of dealings in land. The course builds upon students knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of land law. Students ability to evaluate issues, including ethical issues, and to solve land law problems at a high level of understanding is enhanced, together with their personal and professional development and employability skills. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.
- Equity and Trusts (30 Credits) - Compulsory This module is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies. It builds upon students knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of trust law and principles of equity, including the ethical principles which govern the role of a trustee as fiduciary and principles relevant to the quantification of damages and availability of assets for their recovery. Students critical understanding of the law of trusts and equitable principles, ability to present and argue positions in relation to issues of equity and trust law, to analyse practical problems accurately and to debate issues at a high level of understanding is developed.
- Intellectual Property and Media Law (30 Credits) - Optional This module explores the laws regulating intellectual property rights and media with particular focus on issues of copyright, trademarks and patents. Through examination of UK laws, you will develop the knowledge and skills to relate the economic protection of intellectual property to the public interest in use of IP products such as television, newspapers and other media productions.
- UK Company Law (30 Credits) - Optional
The module will provide the student with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law governing companies and other business organisations in the United Kingdom. Comparisons are drawn between the laws underpinning the various business organisations/relationships and their different purposes are evaluated. A framework of basic principles are worked out in practice. The module will further aim to perfect legal reasoning and logic, legal synthesis, analysis and problem solving skills; to enhance research skills and the use of primary source material and to enable students to bring this together with previously learned legal principles.
- Integrated Learning and Work Placement (30 Credits) - Optional
- Public International Law (30 Credits) - Optional Module aims: to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of public international law in order to enable students to extend their ability to evaluate and analyse legal issues in the international context, often dealing with topical concerns. Whether it is debates over the legality of the use of armed force, the protection of the environment or the extent of individual responsibility for war crimes, questions of public international law are often in the news.
- Project (30 Credits) - Optional . This module provides students with a means of developing further and integrating the skills and knowledge gained on the MBA by application to a substantial applied project related to consultancy or entrepreneurship. The aim is for students to develop a project in relation to a specific organizational issue or problem