14 September, 2007

Welcome to A-Level Law!

Filed under: additional reading,AS-Level,domestic law,useful links — legaleasy @ 8:17 pm

W/E 14th September 2007

This week we looked at how law affects all areas of our lives. We looked at recent high profile examples of law in the news.We also looked at the sources of our law and how English law is broadly divided into criminal law and civil law.

This year we will be following the AQA specification. We will cover Law Making (Module 1), Dispute Resolution (Module 2) and an Introduction to Liability (Module 3). Our first exam will be in January 2008.

Please see the AQA Website for more details.

Additional Reading is Required!

Many of these texts cover the entire A Level course. Only read the sections / chapters applicable to the work done in class. You should read a good quality newspaper as often as you can to keep abreast of developments in the Law e.g The Times or The Guardian. The editions or dates of publications have been given where possible.

When looking at any legal resource – look for the most up to date resource you can find. The law is always changing and out of date text books can be misleading. If the resources are not available in the Resource Centre try your local library or the Internet.


  • “English Legal System” (7th ed.) by C Elliot and F Quinn
  • “AQA Law for AS” (2nd ed.) by J Martin
  • “Cases and Materials on the English Legal System” (9th ed.) by M Zander

This list is not exhaustive – there will be many other resources out there!


12 September, 2006

Introduction – 12/09/06

Filed under: european law,useful links — legaleasy @ 11:50 am

We looked at recent high profile cases covering various areas of the law. We discussed the meaning of the word “law” and tried to come up with a definition. We put together a spider diagram of our thoughts. We agreed that a definition of the law could be that “Law is a set of rules that plays an important part in the creation and maintenance of social order”. We realised that custom and morality also play a part in shaping our behaviour. We talked about law and morality and when the two of them overlap e.g in the case of murder and when there is conflict between law and morality e.g The Abortion Act 1967. We learned the difference between POSITIVISTS (see Jargon Buster display in Room 98.) and the proponents of the NATURAL LAW THEORY.

We looked at the specification for AS law and the three areas we will be studying this year. We looked at the overall aims and objectives of the course. We set out class expectations and reminded ourselves that we will need to read around the subject extensively (with guidance) and that there is a lot of hard work ahead. Course is exam based only – there is no coursework. See specification

We then started Module 1 – Law Making – European Legislative Processes and Institutions. We looked at a brief timeline of the history of the EU. The European Economic Community was founded in 1957. There were six original members. The United Kingdom joined in 1973. The name “European Union” was introduced by the Treaty of Maastricht in 1993. By 1995 Union membership increased to 15. Another 10 countries joined on 1 May 2004 making the total membership 25. Two more countries (Bulgaria and Romania) are negotiating for membership in 2007.

The founding Treaty was the Treaty of Rome 1957 (The EC Treaty). This has been added to and amended by subsequent Treaties and the numbering of the Articles was altered in 1999 by the Treaty of Amsterdam. We will look at more information on the Treaties in due course.

Additional Reading

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