LLB Law with International Study

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Land Law

Course unit fact file
Unit code LAWS20250
Credit rating 30
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


In this course you will develop a sound understanding of the principles of English Land Law and of its role and development as a codified system, exploring tensions and challenges in a contemporary context. The course also seeks to encourage you to develop a reflective approach to your own learning, building on skills developed in Year 1.


This course also provides an introduction to general concepts of property law which will create a solid basis for optional further study of the Equity and Trusts and Advanced Property Law courses in Year 3, for which Land Law will be a pre- requisite.


This compulsory course unit is taught to LLB Law, Law with Politics and Law with Criminology students in Year 2 of their studies. It is one of the Foundations of Legal Knowledge subjects required for students wishing to satisfy the Academic Stage of Training for the Bar Standards Board.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Contract Law LAWS10210 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


Impart a sound understanding of the principles of English Land Law and of its role and development as a codified system, exploring tensions and challenges in a contemporary context, and seeks to encourage students to develop a reflective approach to their own learning.

This compulsory course also provides an introduction to general concepts of property law which will provide a solid basis for the optional further study of Equity and Trusts in year 3 and for which Land Law will be a pre- requisite.

Programme aims:

  1. Provides students with a strong grounding in the theories, concepts, values, rules, principles and doctrine of land law in England and Wales and an understanding of land law and its influence in a broader economic, social, and political context.
  2. Develops appreciation of the complex interrelationship between law, ethics and social responsibility, and promote a critical understanding of the meaning and role of justice in law and the legal system, including their impact on the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised at local, national and global levels.
  3. Provides a focus on active learning.
  4. Develops students' powers of critical inquiry, analysis, and evaluation, in addition to the core legal skills of reasoning, interpretation and application to solve complex problems.
  5. Foster a community of learners, encouraging peer to peer learning and supporting and valuing students as partners and as members of our broader academic community.
  6. Encourages students to contribute to positive change through co-curricular opportunities with our Justice Hub and through engaging in debate and action linked to global challenges and sustainable development at a local, national and global level.
  7. Equips students with the core communication and teamwork skills valued by employers, as well as developing commercial awareness.
  8. Prepares our students for an increasingly digital society and enable them to contribute to the changing world of legal services, including the impact of digital technologies in this area.
  9. Develops knowledgeable, intellectually inquiring and independent-minded graduates who are able to reflect on their own learning and value life-long learning.
  10. Challenges and equips students to confront personal values, make ethical judgements and make positive contributions to the debates around them.
  11. Promotes a positive, respectful and collaborative mindset in the student community, embracing and celebrating difference, and enabling students to act with integrity at all times.
  12. Support students to enter the legal profession as a barrister by offering a study route leading to an award recognised by the Bar Standards Board and to provide students who choose to enter the legal profession as a solicitor with a study route providing many of the core legal principles and rules tested in the first part of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam that students can take after graduation.

Learning outcomes

Level 5 outcomes:

A1. Evaluate how legal institutions, sources and procedures impact on the development and operation of law in England and Wales.

A2 Analyse and evaluate the main theories, concepts, values, rules, principles and doctrine of the foundations of law in England and Wales and demonstrate an appreciation of inter-relationships between different areas of law.

A3. Analyse and evaluate the development and operation of law over time, taking into account the economic, social, political, practical and national contexts in which law is made, operates, and is applied.

A4. Explore the interaction of principles and values of law, justice and ethics in laws economic, social, political, practical and national context and discuss their relevance to current global challenges.

A5. Appraise the role of the legal professions now and in the future, including the influence of ethical principles and values, commercial awareness and social responsibility.

B1. Apply legal and non-legal knowledge, sources and reasoning to reach conclusions that recognise ambiguity and deal with uncertainty.

B3. Evaluate law, evidence and arguments to form reasoned judgements about the law and legal systems.

B4. Analyse complex legal, socio-legal and ethical issues in real and hypothetical contexts

B5. Formulate complex arguments, synthesising doctrinal and policy issues where appropriate.


C1. Find, navigate and correctly reference primary and secondary sources of law, including cases, statutes and relevant sources from other legal jurisdictions, and other non-legal sources as appropriate.

C3. Present complex analytical and persuasive arguments, including identifying and responding to counter-arguments.


D1. Use numerical and statistical skills in academic and legal contexts

D2. Demonstrate competencies in the range of digital skills appropriate for law graduates.

D3. Effectively communicate in writing.

D4. Work independently, taking responsibility for time management and organisation.

D5. Demonstrate an open and independent mindset, appreciating the importance of equality, diversity and inclusivity.

D6. Evaluate their legal knowledge and understanding, and intellectual, legal, practical, transferable and personal skills, making effective use of feedback and employing strategies for improvement.



This unit supports students to develop key intellectual and legal skills with a focus on land law doctrine and practice. Students will continue to develop valuable transferable skills (including research, written communication and digital skills) and will build on the skill of reflection introduced in Year 1 to further enhance their graduate attributes.


Syllabus (indicative curriculum content):


Introduction to concepts of property

Estates and Interests

Registered Land


and some/ all of the following interests and rights:


Contributory Occupiers


Adverse Possession



Freehold Covenants



Proprietary Estoppel

Teaching and learning methods

This course unit uses the standard approach of a combination of lectures and 2-hour workshops as the scheduled teaching and learning activities.

Lectures will have some interactive content using polling and gaming which are used to test understanding and application of knowledge which also link directly to assessment. Lectures support assessment and feedback by introducing topics which are the subject of assessment and providing opportunities to apply this to practical examples. Feedback to be provided as a direct response to polling and gaming answers.

Workshops will enable students to participate in a range of activities in small groups.  They will provide an opportunity to discuss and apply the knowledge introduced both in lectures and the materials prepared by students in advance. They will also test understanding and require analysis of the subject materials. Workshops will incorporate various other skills such as presentation and oral communication, group and teamwork, role play, mock interviews, writing skills and peer learning. Workshops support assessment by providing students with similar style questions to their assessments and feedback will be provided informally within the sessions in relation to students’ knowledge understanding, application and analysis of those questions. Students will also peer review and feed back to students on each other’s work.

This course unit has a Blackboard page which will be used to deliver the range of course materials and information about teaching, learning and assessment for that course unit. In addition, there will be various exercises ranging from multiple choice tests, crosswords and links to practitioner articles and blogs to highlight current issues surrounding the topics on the course.

Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their learning regularly building on the introduction of reflective practice at Level 4.


Knowledge and understanding

• Identify and understand the primary sources of land law and their inter relationship in building the legal framework that regulates real property  

• Demonstrate how the key concepts and principles of land law operate within the legal framework   

Intellectual skills

  •  Analyse and interpret primary and secondary sources of land law  
  • Recognise and solve land law problems using substantive knowledge and appropriate analytical skills.
  • Develop and provide support for arguments with reference to appropriate authority 

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate a competence in the use of a range of library resources, legal databases, online sources to locate materials including cases and statutes  
  • Convey a clear and concise legal argument using appropriate authorities  

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • reflect on personal intellectual and skills development at Level 4 and the experience of studying land law to evaluate progression and ability to learn a new subject



Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 33%
Written exam 67%

Students will sit a 1hr MCQ Exam and a 2.5hr Written Exam

Feedback methods

Students will recieve both individual and cohort feedback.

Recommended reading

Students should choose one of the following three key textbooks to use during the course of their study:

M. Dixon, Modern Land Law, (12 ed, Routledge, 2021)

J. Mackenzie & A. Nair, Textbook on Land Law, (18 ed, OUP 2020)

M. George & A. Layard, Thompson’s Modern Land Law (8 ed, OUP 2022)


1. Introductory Texts

R. Smith, Introduction to Land Law (3 ed Longman, 2013)

E. Cooke, Land Law (2 ed Clarendon: OUP, 2012)
S. Gardner, An Introduction to Land Law (4 ed Hart Publishing, 2015)

2. Shorter Text Books
S. Clarke & S. Greer, Land Law: Directions (8 ed OUP, 2022)


3. Major Texts

M. Dixon, Modern Land Law, (12 ed, Routledge, 2021)

J. Mackenzie & A. Nair, Textbook on Land Law, (17 ed, OUP 2018)

M. George & A. Layard, Thompson’s Modern Land Law (8 ed, OUP 2022)

S. Bridge, E. Cooke, M.Dixon, Megarry & Wade The Law of Real Property (9 ed, Sweet & Maxwell 2019)


4. Statute Books

Blackstone’s Statutes on Property Law (OUP)

Core Statutes on Property Law (Palgrave Macmillan)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Practical classes & workshops 16
Independent study hours
Independent study 254

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gillian Ulph Unit coordinator

Additional notes


Students will be supported to develop digital proficiency and productivity and enhance their digital learning in their use of platforms, applications, software and services for teaching and learning on this course unit.

We will discuss digital solutions from a disciplinary and practitioner perspective, looking at the concept of e-conveyancing and other ways in which property law and technology intersect, reflecting ILO KU2.

Students will be supported to use digital tools in their research (in support of ILOs IS1 and PS1 but also tested in ILO TS1) and will be introduced to the use of these tools in professional legal practice, supporting digital productivity, innovation research and information literacy.

Digital creativity will be encouraged in independent study, particularly in the reflective element of this course (ILO TS1)

Digital communication, collaboration and participation will be supported by the range of teaching and learning methods on this course unit and will form part of ILO TS1.


Content will include consideration of human rights issues arising in property law, as well as exploration of power structures and access to justice, e.g. in relation to mortgages and leases.


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