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.

Law - Wider reading and research

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

The English Legal System by Catherine Elliott and Frances Quinn

The English Legal System by Gary Slapper and David Kelly

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

Criminal Law by Smith and Hogan

Criminal Law by Catherine Elliott and Frances Quinn

Tort law by Catherine Elliott and Frances Quinn 

Modern Tort Law by V.H. Harpwood  

Contract Law by Catherine Elliott and Frances Quinn

 

SUGGESTED WEBSITES FOR BOTH A LEVEL LAW AND APPLIED LAW:
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

THE SUPREME COURT: https://www.supremecourt.uk/

 

ONLINE MOOCS

INTRODUCTION TO THE COMMON LAW - https://www.coursera.org/learn/intro-common-law

CITIZENSHIP AND THE RULE OF LAW - https://www.coursera.org/learn/citizenship-rule-of-law

FRAUD INVESTIGATION: MAKING A DIFFERENCE https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/fraud-investigation-making-a-difference

 

INCARCERATION: ARE PRISONS A SUITABLE PUNISHMENT? - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/incarceration-prisons-suitable-punishment

ONLINE WORK EXPERIENCE/CAREER INFORMATION

5- 6 hour virtual work experience:

https://www.insidesherpa.com/virtual-internships/prototype/HECBn5zqCvBpAXitG/White-&-Case-UK-Programme?utm_source=social&utm_medium=(organic)&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=

Careers information:

https://www.whitecase.com/careers/locations/united-kingdom/students#application-assessment-process

BELOW ARE A RANGE OF DOCUMENTARIES AND LEGALLY LINKED FILMS…

Title

Origin

Link (if available)

Catching Britain’s Killers

iPlayer (BBC)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0009dz2/catching-britains-killers-the-crimes-that-changed-us-series-1-2-double-jeopardy

The Case of Sally Challen

iPlayer (BBC)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000c65v/the-case-of-sally-challen

 

Crime and Punishment (History of the Law)

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn1gdZMLtrk

 

 

The Briefs

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWTcg8Ye6fI

 

 

HARDtalk interview with Lady Hale

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1VozJR_jC8&t=414s

 

 

The Bar

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d78ROXCPgI

 

 

To Kill a Burglar

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BemcOAg53eM

 

The Trial: Murder in the Family

All4

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-trial-a-murder-in-the-family

 

 

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