LLB Programmes


Course Outline:
This full subject option will consider the law governing the employment relationship. It will give students an opportunity to learn about the legal regulation of working life. Students will be encouraged not only to understand the relevant legal rules, but also to analyze the wider significance of employment law in reflecting and in shaping society.

The course will address the legal distinctions between different categories of workers, and the significance this has for individual workers. It will consider developments in the common law of the contract of employment, for example concerning the judicial implication of contractual terms. Statutory protection of workers during employment, such as is provided by the national minimum wage, will also be studied.

The section of the course on dismissal will analyze the legal consequences of termination of employment. It will encompass both contractual claims for wrongful dismissal and statutory claims for unfair dismissal.

The course will also deal with collective labour law. This concerns the law regulating industrial relations. In particular, the law on collective bargaining, and industrial conflict will be covered.

Account will be taken during the course of the potential impact of the Human Rights Act 1998, for example as a result of creating a positive domestic right to Freedom of Association. European Community Law is also of significance to this subject, and attention will be drawn to its influence throughout.

Recommended books

The recommended text is likely to be:
Smith & Wood, Industrial Law (2000

For statutory material students will generally find Blackstones on Employment Law sufficient.

Assessment of the course is by a 2 1/2 hour written examination in the summer.

National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)
All applicants are required to take the LNAT as soon as possible and no later than 20 January (registration deadline 15 January).

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