My favourite Law modules @ Worcester

This week, LLB Law student Olivia, talks to us about her favourite modules on her LLB law course. Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice:

Hello readers! Its Olivia here, back with another blog about studying at Worcester Law School. Here are my TOP THREE modules that I have enjoyed the most on the Law LLB course so far. In no particular order they are…

European Union Law

My initial thoughts:

  • Intrigue about the law of this institution that has been a source of so much tension for almost a decade.

(Maybe as a result of 6 letter word, beginning with ‘B’ and ending in ‘rexit’ that shall not be named.)

  • Disappointment that I had to use up a module space to learn about something that was no longer relevant to my English Law studies (which is NOT true by the way).

The module in reality:

  • We covered the aims of the EU, its sources of law, legal mechanisms (how the law is upheld and managed) and how member states join.
  • We defined all 6 of its institutions and analysed how they interact with each other and the member states.  
  • What ‘free movement’ means and finishing with competition law

(Which involved A LOT of bananas).

Favourite parts:

  • I enjoyed the variety of caselaw that involves other EU member states as well as the UK=  international law elements.
  • Considering the role the EU played in determining UK law and how it might now differ post Brexit.

(Oops.  I had to say the word eventually.)

  • Finally, the teaching style was really interesting, keeping me on my toes-Problem scenarios where we applied the law in relation to free movement of goods/persons were especially engaging.

Criminal Law

My initial thoughts:

  • Honestly, as I studied this in my first year, I did not know what to expect. All I knew is that criminal law would naturally have some really interesting caselaw and would perhaps be the most relatable because crimes are committed everyday, all around us.  

The module in reality:

  • We are taught the most serious crimes and their defence initially- so by week 3 we learn about murder and the subsequent weeks are the defences incl. voluntary/involuntary manslaughter. Other serious crimes include Assault and Battery, sexual offences (covering consent) and fraud.
  • We are assessed in multiple ways, one being via an observational piece based on a court visit, in a criminal court of our choice.

Favourite parts:

  • Delving into the how the key criminal legislation is structured and the extent of its effectiveness, particularly with regards to consent. It is no doubt a sensitive topic, but one that is extremely important that it is formed and applied correctly.
  • Analysing modern caselaw and discussing its wider implications on our society, particularly those replacing old precedents.

Disability Law (optional module)

My initial thoughts:

  • Starting 2nd year, this was the module that I was most excited for. Disability rights is a hugely topical area, that concerns many individuals in the UK, including people that I know.
  • Ready to get stuck into the current issues surrounding the law here, as well as increasing my own awareness and understanding.

The module in reality:

  • The main topics covered were the history of disability right in the UK, the Equality Act 2010 (where most disability discrimination law is from), the range of claims that can be made from this, as well as disability in society, the justice system and in education.
  • Analysis of recent government committee findings, ongoing research in the UK and plenty of caselaw- particularly from employment tribunals. (You can dip your toes into a bit of employment law on this module!)

Favourite parts:

  • Research and discussion on topical issues such as the affect of Covid-19 on the disabled community.
  • Understanding the real issues that disabled individuals have faced and still face in the UK due to discrimination, as well as how disability is viewed within the justice system.

If you have made it this far into the blog, I hope you enjoyed my choice of modules and that they have given you an insight into content on the LLB at Worcester!

Olivia x

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