5 interesting modules you could take at Essex

While there are a lot of compulsory modules you have to take as a law student, in your second and third years here you do get to pick some optional modules from a long list to round out your studies. While there are more “normal” modules like consumer contract law and banking law, Essex has some modules that are fairly unique to the law school!

1. LW229 Animal Protection and Wildlife Law
Run by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr Darren Calley, this module allows you to delve into an area of law encompassing farming, animal experimentation, and the international trade of animals. At the end of the module you submit an essay around an area of animal law that interests you, giving you the freedom to find an area you are really passionate about.

Quick Facts:
Length: Half Year
Open To: 2nd and 3rd Years
Assessment: Coursework
Module directory link

2. LW359 Introduction to Islamic Law
This module gives you a great foundation and understanding of the basics of Islamic law, covering the history of the law before delving into topics like family law, financial law and human rights. This module is definitely useful for students coming from countries that use Islamic law, many Malaysian students take this course, as well as anyone interested in pursuing the subject at Masters level.

Quick Facts
Length: Half Year
Open To: 2nd and 3rd Years
Assessment: Coursework
Module directory link

3. LW250 Legal Advice Case Work and LW352 Advanced Legal Advice Case Work
This module allows a student to get real legal experience by working in the Essex law clinic. During this time you get full training for the role, and get to work closely with the local community and other law clinic volunteers on areas of law like employment, family and consumer.

Quick Facts
Length: Full Year
Open To: 2nd Years (Legal Advice Case Work) and 3rd Years (Advanced Legal Advice Case Work)
Assessment: Coursework
Module directory links: LW250 & LW352

4. LW327 International Trade Law
This module teaches students about about the major principles that underpin international trade law, and focuses more deeply on international contracts of sale, carriage contracts and insurance. Finally the module looks at arbitration and how disputes are settled in international trade.

Quick Facts
Length: Full Year
Open To: 3rd Years
Assessment: 25% Coursework 75% Exam
Module directory link

5. LW336 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation Theory and Practice
In this module you will get an in depth understanding of the theory and practice of ADR, specifically mediation. The module looks at the psychological underpinning of dispute and the practice of dispute within the UK through lectures, seminars and experiential workshops.

Quick Facts
Length: Half Year
Open To: 3rd Years
Assessment: Coursework
Module directory link

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