United Kingdom, London

English Legal System

when 27 June 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
fee GBP 1590

Taught at the very centre of legal London, this module offers the chance to discover the reasons why the common-law system has had such an impact across the world.
By examining primary and secondary sources, and through film, TV and visits to important London landmarks, we will look at the English legal system, exploring the basics of British law, and using historical context and its surroundings to discover the rich history of the system.
With visits to local courts and Inns of court, students will experience the inner workings of the English legal system today, investigating the influences of the common-law system on legal systems around the world, and the future of the English system.
The following areas will be covered within this module:
- The History of British Jurisdictions;
- The Development of the English and Common-law System;
- Sources of Law;
- The Courts System;
- British Lawyers and Judges;
- Criminal and Civil Law;
- The Future of the English Legal System.

Course leader


Target group

Pre-law and law students from around the world would benefit from this module, however anyone with a keen interest in how the English legal system works is welcome to apply.

Course aim

By the end of this module you will have a strong understanding of the development of the English common-law system and debates surrounding its continuing influence on the legal systems of the world.

Credits info

Many of our students get credit for the summer modules taken at King’s. You should approach your home university before applying as it is up to them to apply the credit to your degree programme. We would recommend a three week module would be equivalent to 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Fee info

GBP 1590: Tuition fee only