Continental Legal Culture LAW2034

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to allow Law with language students to contextualise their studies and develop their understanding of the foreign legal system which they will experience as part of their legal studies.


Tutorials in semester 1: 2 hrs

Formal teaching sessions to take place according to availability of colleagues from foreign partner institutions.(6 hours typically week 8 in semester 2)

Requirements of Entry

Entry to the Law with Language Programme

Excluded Courses







Students will be required to complete an assessed essay in this course.(no more than 1000 words) The assessment will relate directly to the legal system where they intend to study.



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Course Aims

To introduce students to the legal system and legal terminology of the jurisdiction where they will study abroad in a foreign language as part of law with language study.

To provide students with an opportunity to practise and develop their language skills informally with native speakers.

To provide students, where possible, with an international experience in the form of a specific study trip to one or more of our European partner institutions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

Understand a range of technical legal language relevant to the language which they are studying (French; German, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese);

Demonstrate knowledge of legal culture and legal education in the relevant jurisdiction.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Pass the summative essay, and attend all components of Legal cultures across level 1 and level 2