LL5004 - Property Law (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|Module title||Property Law|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||Guildhall School of Business and Law|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2020/21||
Property Law is a core module for the LL.B. courses, which introduces students to the key principles of the law relating to real property, one of the foundation subjects of English Law, as identified by the professional legal bodies, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
It introduces and builds up a critical understanding of the legal concepts regarding the ownership and co-ownership of land in England and Wales and the control of assets. Students study the system of registered and unregistered land; the rules relating to the transfer of title; and the controls on land use.
Leases, licences, mortgages, easements, restrictive freehold covenants, adverse possession, conveyancing, human rights and torts relating to property will likewise be explained and analysed.
The module aims to develop several key transferable skills including independent research, critical analysis and academic writing in the context of land law, emphasising the use of primary and secondary sources of land law.
Student employability will be enhanced by the development both of these skills, and by
the practise of written and oral communication skills and group participation skills.
Prior learning requirements
Students must have passed LL4001 and LL4002 or equivalent modules
1. Nature and Classification of Property Rights LO 1 and 2
Ownership, possession, custody/occupation
Classification of property rights
The foundation concepts of land law
Divisibility of ownership of land - tenures and estates, third party rights
The physical extent of land - airspace, substrata, fixtures
2. Transfers of Property Rights LO 1 and 2
The principle of assignability.
The problem of reconciling property rights with the interests of purchasers
3. Legal Title to Land LO 1 and 2
The 1925 legislation
Registration of title - minor and overriding interests.
An introduction to registered conveyancing.
4. Security & Restitution LO 1 and 2
Concept of Security
Rights and remedies of mortgagee
The equity of redemption
Priority of mortgages.
Other Proprietary Securities
Mortgages of personality
Equitable charges, express and implied
5. Leases LO 1 and 2
Nature and type of leases, legal and functional.
Distinction from licence.
Rights and obligations implied by law and under common express terms.
Assignments, of lease and of reversion.
Termination at common law.
Statutory Protection of Leases (in outline)
6. The Family Home LO 1 and 2
Co-ownership of land
Joint tenancy, tenancy in common, severance
The statutory trust of land: enforcing a sale, the effect of insolvency
Protections against dealings by sole trustee
Licences at common law, equitable or contractual licences, protection by proprietary estoppel
7. Controls on Land Use in Private Law LO 1 and 2
Profits a prendre
Covenants affecting land
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Learning & Teaching Strategy
Weekly two-hour lecture and one-hour seminar.
The lecture will be used for:
Dissemination of knowledge through an overview of each topic with detailed guidance on appropriate aspects;
An introduction to relevant academic literature;
Guidance on learning strategies;
Use of blackboard and IT resources;
Whole group questions and discussion.
The seminar will be used for:
Development of skills necessary to attain the module learning outcomes through:
Written and oral questions/answers designed to reinforce fundamental rules/principles/cases;
A range of step by step writing exercises;
IT tasks such as research of cases and statutes
All learning materials, previous examination questions and sample Q/A’s will be on blackboard for use in directed private study.
Student engagement will be encouraged in both lectures and seminars through weekly use of Weblearn for access to all of the above materials.
There will be required use of the professional legal databases, especially Westlaw and Lexis Library, for legal research
Opportunities for reflective learning/pdp
Each weekly seminar will contain space for students to reflect on what they have learnt in relation to the overall syllabus. There will be frequent feedback opportunities structured into the timetable and a range of sample answers posted onto Weblearn.
Employability strategy will aim to acquaint students with a range of employment avenues both in the legal profession and in those professions into which legal qualifications and skills are transferable.
Student’s Study Responsibilities
The need for attendance, punctuality, preparation and engagement will be emphasised with particular reference to written and IT research, problem-solving, team-work, discussion, debate and critical awareness of the subject.
On successful completion of this module, the students will be able to:
1. Independently research, critically analyse and appraise the fundamental principles of land law.
2. Demonstrate the ability to solve legal problems and critically analyse contemporary issues relating to land law in a time-constrained environment.
1. Written Coursework (2,000 – 2,500 words)
Research based essay and/or problem-based question involving critical analysis and appraisal of fundamental principles of land law.
2. Online exam: 3 days to submit paper via Turnitin. Max 1,500 words per question
Gray, K and Gray, SF, Elements of Land Law (OUP)
Mackenzie, J-A and Phillips, M, Textbook on Land Law (OUP)
Smith, R, Property Law (Longman)
Stevens, J, Pearce, R and Jackson N, Land Law (Sweet & Maxwell)
Stroud, A, Making Sense of Land Law (Palgrave MacMillan)
Law Quarterly Review
Westlaw and Lexis Library