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1. Getting started  

This chapter is aimed at getting you started in your legal studies. It addresses some of the questions and concerns that students have about studying law and starting at university. It explains something of the nature of the law and how it impacts on society before moving on to look at some of the practicalities involved in studying law as it considers how the degree is structured and how teaching and assessment will work.

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2. Legislation  

This chapter first considers the process by which Acts of Parliament come into being. It then turns to delegated legislation—that is, law that is made by other bodies under Parliament’s authority. Next, it discusses the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998. Finally it looks at EU legislation, which became increasingly significant during the time that the UK was a member of the EU. It explains the various institutions of the EU and role they had in the law-making process; the different types of EU legislation; and the circumstances in which individuals could use them in domestic courts.

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4. Using legislation  

This chapter discusses how to use legislation. It first looks at the ‘anatomy’ of an Act of Parliament and describes each of its composite parts. It then considers the various means by which the courts can interpret the wording of statutory provisions, including a discussion of the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Communities Act 1972.