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Welcome week and the start of your undergraduate studies at Queen Mary

Congratulations and welcome to the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London! We are delighted that you will be joining us. Below you will find some useful answers to a few of the more common questions that students tend to have.

Your first obligatory attendance is an Introduction to the Law Department and the Undergraduate Law Programmes and it will begin on Wednesday 20 September at 12.00 noon in the Arts Two Lecture Theatre on the main campus.

You should find your way to the Arts Two Lecture Theatre (follow the sign-posts) and be in your seat by 12.00 noon. This will not clash with any of the College events on that day. The aim of this and the following two days, is to introduce you to the University generally and to the Law School; the undergraduate law programmes; and some very basic legal concepts, in particular.

You are not required to purchase any of your module texts before arriving in September.  However, if you would like to do some preparatory reading, you could usefully read one of the following texts:

  • Acing the LLB, Capturing your full potential to improve your grade, by John McGarry (Routledge, 2016)
  • What about Studying Law? Studying Law at University, by Catherine Barnard, Janet O’Sullivan and Graham Virgo (Hart, 2nd ed., 2011)
  • Introduction to the English Legal System 2016-17 by Martin Partington (OUP)
  • Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at University, by Nicholas McBride (Pearson, 3rd ed., 2014).

In preparation for the Public Law module, we recommend that you read K. Syrett, The Foundations of Public Law (2nd edition, 2014, Palgrave Macmillan).

In preparation for Elements of Contract Law, we suggest as introductory reading either The Law of Contract by Ewan McKendrick (Palgrave, 11th ed., 2015) or The Law of Contract by Janet O’Sullivan and Jonathan Hilliard (OUP, 7th ed., 2016). Neither is a core text for the module. Guidance on choosing which core text is best for you will be given when the module begins.

There is no need to undertake advance reading for Land Law, but if you wish to get a flavour of what the module is about then you might look at one or other of two excellent introductory books (neither will be recommended as core texts so you may wish, if possible, to borrow rather than buy them). They are Roger Smith, Introduction to Land Law (Pearson, 3rd ed., 2013) and Elizabeth Cooke, Land Law (Clarendon Law Series, OUP, 2nd ed., 2012). Recommendations on the core text will be given when the module begins.

For Senior Status students only, in preparation for Criminal Law, we recommend Herring Great Debates in Criminal Law, Macmillan. The module textbook is William Wilson, Criminal Law.

It may well be that you can buy second-hand books from current students who completed the relevant modules last year and this could save you a considerable amount! Do not necessarily, therefore, be in a hurry to go out and spend a fortune on brand new books. Guidance will be offered when you start the semester.

We look forward to meeting you!

Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas
Head of Department

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