Department Leader: Jo Massey

What is offered?

The Law Faculty offer both A Level Law and Applied Law at KS5.  A Level Law is the traditional academic A Level which is assessed by way of 3 exams at the end of Year 13.  Applied Law is a more vocational course which is assessed by a mix of assignments and controlled assessments over the 2 year course. The Sixth Form Prospectus provides full details.

What is Law?

Every area of our lives is affected by legal rules; school, shopping, travel, sport, driving, marriage, even in death there is no escape!     

Law is vital to ensure the smooth running of our community.  It regulates not only our own personal conduct but also the way the country is run and the way society interacts.                                         

It is an important aspect of citizenship to understand our rights and responsibilities. To understand, for example, our rights on arrest, when buying goods and services, our liabilities when buying a house and the consequences that will follow if we default on those rules and rights.

We do not have absolute freedom to do as we choose; other people need to be considered – as Montesquieu said ‘liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit’.

Pathways in Law

Many students will choose law because they are interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession.  These include becoming a solicitor, a barrister, a licensed conveyancer, working for the Crown Prosecution Service, a legal executive or a legal secretary.  However, most degrees do not require you to study a particular A Level and studying Law will allow you to present plenty of important skills to future universities or employers:

  • Through your analysis of case studies and other work on the course, you will become skilled in researching and absorbing large amounts of information. These are important skills in a vast range of professions in business and industry.
  • You will develop your oral and written communications skills, which are needed by all universities and employers these days.
  • You will learn how to approach tasks in a clear, reasoned and logical way.
  • You will learn how to become an effective problem solver.

A vast range of professions also require the study of some aspects of law.  These include accountancy, social work, banking, the police, journalism, teaching, mediator, and areas of local government and some departments of the civil service.

SUGGESTED WIDER READING LIST FOR BOTH A LEVEL LAW AND APPLIED LAW:

The English Legal Systemby Catherine Elliott and Frances Quinn

The English Legal Systemby Gary Slapper and David Kelly

Text, Cases, & Materials on Criminal Law bySmith, Hogan, & Ormerod's

Criminal Lawby Smith and Hogan

Criminal Lawby Catherine Elliott and Frances Quinn

Tort law by Catherine Elliott and Frances Quinn 

Modern Tort Lawby V.H. Harpwood  

Contract Law by Catherine Elliott and Frances Quinn

 

SUGGESTED WEBSITES FOR BOTH A LEVEL LAW AND APPLIED LAW:

Embedding of legal knowledge and understanding and wider research tasks

SIXTH FORM LAW

https://sixthformlaw.info/

A LEVEL LAW REVISION WORLD

 - https://revisionworld.com/a2-level-level-revision/law-level-revision

LAW RESOURCES

http://www.e-lawresources.co.uk/

A LEVEL LAW REVIEW

https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Magazines/Magazines-extras/A-Level-Law-Review-extras

PARLIAMENT

https://www.parliament.uk/

EUROPEAN LAW

https://europa.eu/european-union/law_en

COURTS/TRIBUNALS/JUDGES

https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/

MAGISTRATES

https://www.magistrates-association.org.uk/

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

BAR COUNCIL

http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/

LAW SOCIETY

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/

ST BRENDAN SIXTH FORM COLLEGE (SOME PAGES ARE OUT-OF-DATE SO USE WITH CAUTION)

htt p: //www.stbrn.  ac.uk/other/depts/l aw 

RELEVANT LINKS:

CHARLIE GARD CASE:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40535043

TONY NICKLINSON RIGHT TO DIE CASE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaLQpiOW1GI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96kN76PfSe0

POLICE SEARCHES  - KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czj4HRFUU_M

POLICE POWERS OF ARREST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frSr4zWjK8M

POLICE POWERS OF DETENTION AND INTERVIEW:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhOvRLSbt8s

PRINCIPLES OF SENTENCING:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6stQpkR_uLc

RULES OF STATUTORY INTERPRETATION:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMmC1i_WS2c

JUDICIAL PRECEDENT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjPtEWzMRbA

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF JURIES:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UcbmlVpiZg

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF MAGISTRATES:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsat5dat7PA

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kKAOIiS5GA

THE LEGAL PROFESSION:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0rYi3TPzOY

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