To study Law is to analyse some of the fundamental mechanisms through which our society is governed, regulated and supported. It is a fascinating journey through which you will develop the highly transferable skills of legal scholarship: logical analysis, critical evaluation, precision and clarity of expression. Not only will you benefit from the intellectual rigour of the subject but you will also find that your awareness of the world around you will deepen as you begin to appreciate the incredible but invisible web of law that surrounds us all.
Law lessons take place in the King Henry VIII Law Library which is located in the Sixth Form Centre. This is probably the only school Law Library in the country. Our holdings include the All England Law Reports, Halsbury’s Laws and Halsbury’s Statutes. We also have an extensive range of wider reading material, some of which is also available through the main School Library. The Law Library is also equipped with a PC and projector with connections for iPad and other tablet-based work.
What we do:
We follow the OCR syllabus of A Level Law which covers three principal areas: English Legal System, Sources of Law and Contract Law.
We begin by examining the different ways in which our legal system provides the mechanisms by which laws affect us. Both the criminal legal system and the civil legal system are covered. We analyse the powers of the police – particularly the powers of stop, search, arrest and detention – and look at the way in which criminal suspects are processed, tried and sentenced. We also examine the mechanisms by which individuals are able to protect their own interests through the civil court system and other alternative forms of dispute resolution and consider the extent to which justice is truly accessible for the majority of the population. The roles of the different agents in the legal system are also analysed.
The Sources of Law unit allows us to consider how laws are made, including a critical analysis of the legitimacy of Parliament’s law-making process and an evaluation of the role of our courts in the development of the common law. We also examine the legal foundations of the UK’s membership of the European Union and explore the effect of EU law within the English legal system.
In Year 13, we move on to a substantive area of law: Contract Law. This is one of the most fundamental areas of law and is an excellent subject to sharpen your legal reasoning. At its simplest, contract law provides the rules by which the courts can decide which agreements they will enforce and which they will not. The rules which govern this seemingly small distinction are in fact the basis upon which our entire market economy is built. We examine these rules and how to apply them and we uncover their different political and philosophical foundations.
We also offer the co-curricular club: the Law, Politics and Economics Society, which is aimed to allow students to explore areas of those subjects outside the confines of the curriculum. We have discussed human rights, run mock general elections, and had a range of visiting speakers, including a serving prisoner.
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