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The main sources of legally binding rules in the English and Welsh system are the judgments of Courts in cases and the statutes (legislation) passed by Parliament.
Judges apply and make legal rules when they decide how a particular dispute should be resolved. Judges also interpret how statutes passed by Parliament should be applied in certain situations. You can learn about the Supreme Court, the highest court in the British legal system, and have a look at a full text judgement (usually very long!) from the Supreme Court read a judgement from the Supreme Court's predecessor, the House of Lords.
As a law student you will have access to paper and electronic versions of these case reports which usually contain summaries of the main points. If you know what case you want, free summaries may also be found at this site
Legislation which is passed by Parliament is available for searching and viewing at this site.
Other important sources of law are the rules and regulations of the European Union and International Treaties and Conventions which states such as the UK have agreed to adopt.
See also the International Court of Justice.
As a law student you will learn how to analyse and critique the law made by Parliaments, Courts and International bodies as well as how to apply it to concrete problems. When law goes about trying to resolve disputes and guide human behaviour it provides an important viewpoint on the values and practices of society. You will learn to use academic articles which contextualise and criticise legal developments and will be trained in writing reflectively about law. Generally, you have to pay a subscription to access such articles in law journals, but there are a few which are available free online. So before you are able to use the library’s subscription you could have a look at these free web based journals to give you an idea about academic legal studies.
We hope these resources prove useful and welcome your feedback. The School of Law cannot however accept any responsibility for the information on any external websites.
School of Law
LAW SCHOOL OFFICE:
The main Law Office is located at the entrance to the School of Law in on the first floor, of the C wing in the Chancellors Building.
The Law Office opening hours are: Monday to Friday: 9.00 am until 5:00pm.
Telephone: +44 (0)1782 733218 Fax: +44 (0)1782 733228 Email: School of Law Office