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LAW3031 : Succession

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Derek Whayman
  • Lecturer: Professor Christopher Rodgers, Mr Ian Dawson
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To equip students with a sound grounding in and critical appreciation of the law and aspects of practice of the Law of Succession.

Succession involves a detailed examination of the legal mechanisms for the transmission of property on death. The module also seeks to set the development of the law in its context and, in addition, offers practical insights into this important area of law.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus includes the Law of Wills, the Law of Intestacy (this is the law governing the devolution of property where there is no Will) and Inheritance Provision. The latter topic involves consideration of circumstances in which a person who does not inherit by Will or on Intestacy can claim against a deceased's estate to gain some benefit from the deceased.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture base of tuition is grounded in the need to provide a coherent introductory exposition of very technical law and offering structure, reinforcement of problem solving skills. The seminars provide the medium through which the intended learning outcomes are rehearsed, refined and improved.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A67N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M332000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessed essay, provides an opportunity to demonstrate research, writing and the analytical, synthetical, critical and evaluation skills. The examination provides the opportunity to demonstrate problem solving skills and achievement of the knowledge based outcomes across the syllabus.

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