The Exploring Legal Meaning programme offered by The Open University UK looks at a range of legal research methods which offer different approaches to, and perspectives on, legal meaning – the place and meaning of law in the modern world. 
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Overview

The methods covered are doctrinal, historical, comparative, socio-legal, critical and feminist and trans-national. For each one, a case study is used to enable the strengths and weaknesses of that particular approach or perspective to be evaluated. 

The examples range from areas such as the debate surrounding criminal responsibility of children, to the role of the media in the family courts and measures to tackle international corruption. 

Delivery

The Exploring Legal Meaning programme offered by The Open University UK is delivered and accessed wholly online through a dedicated website. It will be possible to download the study materials and read them offline but many of the activities will require you to work online. 

You will be required to undertake online research. Access to the OU Library and online legal databases are provided as an integral part of this module. You will also have access to the Master of Laws (LLM) website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • You will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of legal research methods including doctrinal, historical, comparative, socio-legal, critical and feminist and trans-national. 
  • You will consider the strengths and weaknesses of each legal research method through case studies on issues such as decision-making for adults who lack mental capacity, the historical development of the law on abortion, the debate surrounding criminal responsibility of children, the role of the media in the family courts, the use of reproductive technologies and measures to tackle international corruption.
  • You will develop and consolidate a range of important postgraduate legal skills.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • To register for this module you must have an honours degree from a UK university or equivalent. Various higher education and professional qualifications are considered equivalent to an honours degree. 
  • If you hold a qualification that you believe is an equivalent level to a UK honours degree or if you lack formal academic qualifications but have relevant work experience, please speak to an adviser.
  • The module is taught in English, and your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you seek assessment under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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