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

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6 Summary

During this week you considered what is ‘law’ and perceptions of law. You learnt that the idea of the state in the definition of law is an important one. The law is produced by institutions authorised by the state to make law. Sanctions exist if laws are broken; they are imposed by the institutions given the state authority to do so. You also examined the relationship between law and morality and explored the meaning of justice.

We hope that as part of your studies here you have become more familiar with the ‘law’, its role and relevance to you. Also that you are becoming more familiar with the role played by law in society, the contribution it makes to society and how it changes and adapts to meet the needs of modern society.

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.

Later weeks build on your knowledge by considering a number of aspects of law-making, the interpretation of legislation, judicial precedent, before looking at legal skills and considering a number of areas of debate.