UCL Centre for languages & international education (CLIE)


Introduction to Law

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session 1
Module leader
Dr Nina C Lück
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Group presentation (50%), Final Exam (50%)
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Module overview

This module is designed to give students an introduction to International Law, to European Union Law and to English Common Law.

Week 1 will concentrate on International Law, week 2 will focus on European Union Law as an example for a regional law regime in an international context and week 3 will give an overview of the development and the basic structures of the English Legal System. The connection between International Law, EU Law and domestic law (both English and the students’ home jurisdiction) will be explored around current issues such as the refugee crisis and climate change. The module will be an interactive one where students will be encouraged to discuss the law and critically analyse decisions and current legal problems.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be familiar with the foundations of International and EU Law and with the English Legal System
  • Understand the interconnection and interdependence of International Law, EU law and English Law
  • Be more confident in discussing legal aspects of global questions and find it easier to link global issues to law
  • Have improved their interdisciplinary research skills with their peers
  • View themselves as global citizens who can make their own contribution to our common future

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • Group presentation (50%)
  • Final exam (50%)

Module leader

The module leader is DAAD Lecturer Dr Nina C Lück who works at UCL Laws as a teaching fellow/lecturer in German law in the European Legal Studies Courses (double degree with Cologne University in Germany). She has 15 years of teaching experience in both Germany and England and has worked at several universities such as Dresden, Oldenburg, Bremen and Sheffield before joining UCL Laws. She has always had diverse groups of students with regard to background, age, circumstances and language skills and is therefore familiar with the aspects that come up when teaching diverse groups. She has been involved in Blended Learning to a very large extent at Oldenburg and Bremen University.

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