Union members offered free law taster programme from Birkbeck

Birkbeck, University of London, is offering a free four week online taster programme designed to give reps and members an introduction to what it's like to study Law at university.

Birkbeck Law course

The programme is delivered by Dr Susy Menis, from Birkbeck's School of Law, and aims to give a taster of university study. It is open to anyone with no previous experience of university and it will cover themes from the Certificate in Higher Education (CertHE) in Legal Studies at Birkbeck.

It will introduce you to three fundamental concepts of the English legal system:

  • legislation
  • judicial interpretation
  • case law

The aim of the course is not only informative; you will learn the meaning of critical thinking and argument creation, and how these are used in legal reasoning. Then, you will have the opportunity to apply this learning to a typical legal task – the problem question.

The programme will illustrate the tension between Parliament and the courts; they will also grapple with the question as to whether judges make law.

The course consists of 3 recorded webinars and 4 live online discussions which take place weekly - please ensure you are able to take part in the whole programme if you're signing up as places are limited.

The sessions start on Tuesday 7th July with a session covering The Common Law - Legislation, Judicial Interpretation and Case Law. This is followed by weekly webinars exploring issues such as Do Judges Make Law?, Binding Rules and Problem Solving and an introduction to CertHE Legal Studies.

Places are limited to those who do not have previous experience of university and each week, Birkbeck will send out the webinar to watch in your own time.

There will be online discussion groups with a chance to speak to others, talk about your own ideas and opinions based on what you have watched and heard during the webinars and ask any questions about the content.

To find out more and to book a place go to Birkbeck “4-week Taster Programme” page. If you have any questions please email [email protected] 

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