Family Law (FR) LAW1037

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Family Law is designed to provide a grounding in the key elements of Family Law and to develop certain key skills.


  1 lecture PER WEEK - Monday 1100-1200. 1 hour workshop (60 minutes duration per fortnight)

Requirements of Entry

  Admission to LLB degree

Excluded Courses

Family Law (LAW1004)




3000 word coursework assignment (100%)

Course Aims

■ To provide a firm grounding in the structure and content of Family Law.

■ To explain and illustrate, through a programme of lectures and workshops, the basic principles and concepts of Scots law in this area.

■ To examine Family Law in sufficient detail to meet the requirements for professional exemption.

■ To assist students in the interpretation and application of statutory materials.

■ To enhance students' problem-solving skills through the identification of legal issues in complex problems, the application of relevant legal rules, and achievement of resolutions to the problems set.

■ To offer guidance in the framing and presentation of written legal argument.

■ To highlight areas where the law is subject to doubt or disagreement, and to encourage independent thought.

■ To assist students in the development of research methods and enhance their familiarity with different sources of law.

■ To encourage critical analysis, and enhance essay-writing skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Show a clear and thorough understanding of the basic principles and concepts of Family Law.

■ Interpret and apply statutory material relevant to Family Law.

■ Define accurately and explain clearly the legal issues in complex problems, supported by the appropriate authority.

■ In areas where the principles are subject to doubt or disagreement, to undertake research to identify such arguments and make informed choices on the legal rules applicable.

■ Demonstrate an ability to plan how to resolve problems and rank competing arguments.

■ Construct and present a coherent and well-argued account of individual issues.

■ Research, extract and combine information from a variety of sources.

■ Work to deadlines and plan work accordingly.

■ Work independently.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.