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Legal skills and debates in Scotland
Legal skills and debates in Scotland

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Week 1: What is law?


During this week you consider and explore what law is. Law plays a central role in society and is influenced by social, political and economic change. Opinions about law, lawyers, judges and the function of the legal system vary. The role and function of law is often in the news and much debated. Whether law is used to protect, regulate, uphold rights, challenge authority, resolve disputes or govern, it is central to society.

In this week you are encouraged to explore your own thoughts and views about law and the legal system. Later weeks will build on this by considering different aspects of law, how it is developed, and the skills required to interpret and apply it. Throughout you consider whether an understanding of law and legal culture underpin an understanding of the society in which they operate.

Following your study of this week you should have an understanding of:

  • what the ‘law’ means to you
  • the relationship between law, morals and justice
  • the evolving nature of law and its role in society.